April 18, 2019

Flu Campaign: Protecting our community and me

The Flu Vaccination Campaign will start on 1 May 2019, with the launch event at Northern Hospital Epping scheduled for 10.30 am.

All staff, volunteers, visitors and patients are welcome to attend.

Anyone can be affected by the flu, that’s why it is so important that everyone in the community protects themselves against the flu this season, and takes steps to protect their own health and wellbeing, as well as those around them.

Roslyn Payne, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said the flu isn’t ‘just the flu’ and it can be really serious.

“Vaccination gives people the opportunity to protect themselves, their family members and the wider community. The health effects of the flu disrupt not only your day, but they can be life-threatening, especially for at-risk population. Come and get your flu shot from us for free,” she said.

Licia Perillo, Staff Health Consultant, added that everyone should bring their families and use the opportunity to get their free vaccination.

“The vaccine is slightly different this year, as there are new components in it. People need to be re-vaccinated every year, as the vaccine is different every season,” she said.

Last year, Northern Health had a very successful flu campaign, proudly providing over 10,000 vaccines to our community.

Looking at the number of staff vaccinated, Northern Health has succeeded in vaccinating over 90% of staff within 3 weeks of the campaign.

That is a record number for Northern Health, and makes us third in the state.