Dreaded flu .. we're coming for you.
Our community health nurses are on the road as our campaign to help businesses around Bendigo ward off the dreaded flu gets underway.
First stop was the great crew at Fosterville Gold Mine who bravely fronted up one by one to get a flu injection. Well done all!
In coming weeks the nurses will be kept busy visiting businesses to administer flu shots for staff.
Our GPs at Eaglehawk and Central Bendigo are ready to go to provide flu shots for families and individuals too.
Free flu shots provided by the state and federal governments for eligible people are becoming available.
The State Government is funding free flu vaccinations for children six months to five years from May after figures revealed 3941 reports of children hit by the flu in 2017 compared with just 871 in 2016.
The program will see more than 385,000 children in Victoria immunised by a GP or community health organisation from May.
The Federal Government is providing free flu vaccinations for people aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people and those suffering from chronic illness.
Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt said more than 90 per cent of the 1100 flu-related deaths in Australia last year involved peopled aged over 65.
A poll commissioned by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia found only one in two Australians planned to get a flu shot this year despite predictions of the worst flu season on record.
To learn more about getting your individual or family flu shots through BCHS please call us on 5448 1600 or visit www.bchs.com.au
Note: This information was valid as of March 2018. Please call us to check if vaccines are still being made available free of charge.