Werribee residents are being urged to protect themselves against the flu this winter and get their flu shot.

The flu isn’t like the common cold, it can hit quickly and last for weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas wants to help ensure all residents know what steps they can take to help prevent getting and spreading the flu.

For vulnerable Victorians, like children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases or a weakened immune system, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes. That’s why Tim Pallas’ message is simple – you never forget the flu, so don’t forget your flu shot.

Everyone should get their annual flu shot anytime from mid-April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September. However, it’s never too late to be vaccinated as the flu can spread all year round.

The flu shot is now available from general practitioners, community immunisation sessions and many pharmacies.

Some of our most vulnerable Victorians will be protected with a free flu shot.

All Victorians over 65, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people six months and over and anyone with a chronic condition or weakened immune system are all eligible for a free flu vaccine.

In addition, the Andrews Labor Government is making the vaccination free for kids aged six months to less than five, going it alone because Scott Morrison and the Federal Liberals refuse to fund the vital vaccination for young children.

There are some other easy steps everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading the flu, such as coughing or sneezing into your elbow and washing your hands thoroughly. If you’re sick, stay away from work and other places where you’ll spread the flu.

If you’ve got the flu, speak to your doctor or pharmacist, or phone Nurse-On-Call. For more information visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/flu

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“The flu is a highly contagious viral infection, spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes.”

“The flu doesn’t discriminate, and anyone can be affected, that’s why it is so important that everyone in Wyndham protects themselves against the flu this season”.

 “When more people are vaccinated, fewer people become ill or suffer life-threatening complications from influenza. That’s why it’s vital to get your yearly flu shot today.”