McCurdy says roll up your sleeve and say no to the flu!

Thursday 23 May 2019

The Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy is encouraging Ovens Valley residents to book in for their flu shot as soon as possible.

Health experts are predicting a record flu season with a sharp rise in the cases recorded already than experienced at the same time during 2018.

“There have been well over 10,000 reported cases of influenza in Victoria this year, with 107 reported in the Ovens Valley,” he said.

“That’s 11 in Alpine, 51 in Moira and 45 Wangaratta.”

Receiving your flu shot no longer necessitates a visit to your GP with local pharmacies now offering the flu shot service.

“Protecting yourself from flu has is now convenient, quick and easy,” said Mr McCurdy.

“And it’s important that influenza is taken seriously – 26 people have died with the flu in Victoria so far this year.”

“Flu is much more than a headache or congested nose that passes in a week. It has potential to leave you seriously unwell and bedridden for weeks.

“Influenza can quickly spread from one person to another with the young, the elderly and the sick are most at risk.

“Even if you’re a healthy adult it is still important you receive a vaccination so we stop the spread of disease and protect vulnerable people living in our community.”

Mr McCurdy said that in addition to getting a flu shot there are a few other things you can do to stop the spread of this deadly disease.

“Maintain good hygiene by washing your hands regularly, cough or sneeze into your elbow – not your hands, bin your tissues, keep surfaces like your keyboard and phone clean, and stay at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms.”

Many members of the community are eligible for free vaccines under the National Immunisation Program including adults over 65 years, adults and children with certain medical conditions, pregnant women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and over.

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