July 28, 2020
SWAMS would like to thank Newmont Australia who recently donated 200 Flu Vaccinations to SWAMS and will assist with the delivery of a joint awareness campaign.
This project will deliver flu immunisation clinics in Gnaala Karla and Wardandi Boodja areas throughout the months of July and August 2020. Vaccines will be provided in Collie, Bunbury, Harvey, Brunswick Junction and Eaton, as well as other areas of the region as required. The free flu immunisation clinics will be delivered using existing SWAMS outreach locations, as well as the SWAMS Clinic on Wheels (COW).
While these 2020 seasonal flu vaccinations will not protect you against the new COVID-19 virus, it is very important to ensure you have immunity against more common viruses to avoid multi-level sickness.
“The flu can be a very serious illness and unfortunately, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at a higher risk of developing complications due to the common cold and flu. This paired with the additional complications of the COVID-19 outbreak could be catastrophic for our community. For this reason, we urge you to get yourself and your families vaccinated.” Says South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) CEO, Lesley Nelson.
Influenza symptoms are typically more severe than your common cold and is caused by a virus that can infect your nose, throat and sometimes lungs. The virus spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing and close contact.
Influenza symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness and muscle aches can start suddenly. Symptoms can last for a week or more.
Every year the influenza vaccine changes to match the influenza virus that is most likely to be around during that season. There is emerging evidence that the influenza vaccine gives the most protection within the first three to four months after it is given.
Having your flu shot can help to protect your moort and keep our mob safe from the 2020 Cold and Flu season.
If you haven’t had your 2020 flu shot yet, it is not too late!
This vaccination is FREE and the next 200 people will be given a FREE gift pack as a thank you for helping to protect the community!
Call SWAMS today on 9726 6000 to book in for your shot!