TACKLE THE FLU: Jill Duff, Teresa McGorm, Karen Francisco, Dr Penny Hutchinson and Vicki Huggins will conduct 17 clinics this year as part of the Tackle Flu Before It Tackles You program.
TACKLE THE FLU: Jill Duff, Teresa McGorm, Karen Francisco, Dr Penny Hutchinson and Vicki Huggins will conduct 17 clinics this year as part of the Tackle Flu Before It Tackles You program. Claudia Williams

Free flu vaccinations on offer in the South Burnett

WHEN Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people get a free flu vaccination in the South Burnett they will receive a free shirt as part of the Tackle Flu Before It Tackles You program.

The vaccination will be provided free for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over at clinics in Cherbourg, Murgon and Kingaroy next Wednesday and Thursday, May 8 and 9.

When patients receive their vaccination on the clinic days they will receive a shirt designed by St George artist Gordon Lister.

Darling Downs Public Health Unit director Penny Hutchinson said annual vaccinations were the best way to remain healthy.

"A lot of people don't realise how serious the flu is and the complications that can occur,” Dr Hutchinson said.

"Unfortunately, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community are at a higher risk of developing these complications. The best protection against getting sick is to receive a flu vaccination.”

Dr Hutchinson said it was a myth that people could get sick from the flu shot.

"It's a common myth that the vaccination gives you the flu. This isn't the case. It won't make you sick, but it will keep you and your families safe,” she said.

This year the Public Health Unit hopes to vaccinate 1500 people as part of the Tackle Flu program, with 17 clinics held across the Darling Downs, South West, Southern Downs and South Burnett...

"We encourage all people to discuss whether vaccination is appropriate for their children with their GP or Aboriginal Medical Service.”

Vaccinations will be available at the Cherbourg Hospital outside the outpatients' department from 10am-noon on Wednesday, May 8, and at Murgon State High School from 1-3pm.

In Kingaroy, vaccinations will be available at the Kingaroy Hospital from 9.30am-noon and at Kingaroy State High School from 1-3pm on Thursday, May 9.