Seniors living across Castle Hill are reminded to protect themselves against the ‘flu by getting vaccinated. People aged 65 and over can book in a free ‘flu shot at pharmacies and GPs.
Member for Castle Hill Ray Williams said: “I care about everyone’s health and wellbeing, especially older people living across the local area. Getting the ‘flu vaccine reduces your risk of getting the ‘flu by up to 60 per cent and most importantly it provides vital protection against severe illness and death.
This is especially important for those who are immune-compromised or living in close proximity to someone who is susceptible to serious illness from influenza.”
“The flu shot and COVID-19 booster can be given at the same time, so if you are yet to get either, make sure to book in today.”
People aged 65 and over are recommended to have the enhanced quadrivalent vaccine (Fluad® Quad), which stimulates a greater immune response in this age group, known to have a weaker response to vaccination. Those considered to be at higher risk of severe illness from influenza are eligible for a free flu vaccine under the National Immunisation Program and include:
- People aged 65 and over
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from six months of age
- Children from six months to under five years of age
- People with serious health conditions (including severe asthma, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, obesity, kidney, heart, lung or liver disease)
- Pregnant women
When people book they should ask their pharmacist or GP which vaccine is right for them. For more information visit www.nsw.gov.au/flu