Boorowa residents reminded to get their flu shot

NSW has already had 9,600 confirmed influenza cases.
NSW has already had 9,600 confirmed influenza cases.

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) community is being reminded to get their flu vaccine with the launch of the 2019 flu campaign.

MLHD Director Public Health, Tracey Oakman, said pregnant women, young children and the elderly will be a major focus of this year's flu campaign.

Free flu vaccines have been made available for pregnant women, Aboriginal people, those aged over 65, and anyone with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

"With more than 9,600 confirmed influenza cases in NSW already this year, people should call ahead to their GP or pharmacist to get their flu jabs," she said.

"One million flu vaccines have now been delivered across the State."

Mrs Oakman outlined the importance of the vaccine saying hospitalisation rates for influenza were the highest in young children.

"While we might all take flu for granted as a common winter disease, it can be deadly," she said.

"In 2017, we had a significant flu season where more than 650 people died across the state. We cannot afford to be complacent."

Free flu vaccines for children aged from six months to under five years of age are being provided under the NSW Government.

People are reminded to help reduce the spread of flu, sneeze into your elbow, wash your hands regularly and stay home if sick.