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Winter is Here: Time for a flu jab

It was zero degrees this morning in the shire, which is a reminder that winter is here and it is time to get your flu jab and help reduce its severity and spread in the community.

There are many options for people who want to get the flu jab, including from your

local GPs and Pharmacies.

Margaret Bennett, Chief Executive Southern NSW Local Health District says while

the flu vaccine won’t combat COVID-19, it will help reduce the severity and spread of


“We’re urging everyone who can be vaccinated to do so and help stop the spread of

the infection in the community especially to others more vulnerable, like children and

the elderly.

“The flu can lower a person’s immunity and make them susceptible to other illnesses

such as COVID-19.”

If you're feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or

scratchy throat – come forward for a free COVID-19 test, so cases in the community

are identified as quickly as possible. People who may show no obvious symptoms or

have very mild symptoms can unwittingly pass it to others if they are incubating the


Meanwhile people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, Aboriginal people and those

with high-risk medical conditions can be vaccinated for the flu for free by GPs under

the National Immunisation Program.

There’s also a free NSW-funded vaccine available to all children aged six months to

five years. It’s recommend you call your GP, clinic or pharmacist to ensure the

vaccine available.

The NSW Government has invested approximately $130 million in the 2019-20

Immunisation Program budget, including Commonwealth and state vaccines.

SNSWLHD COVID-19 Assessment Centres

There are fixed five site clinics, open daily 9am-5pm at: Bega, Cooma, Moruya,

Goulburn and Queanbeyan Hospitals. Bookings 1800 999 880 (option 1).

For up-to-date COVID-19 statistics NSW Health

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