Residents living across the Southern Highlands are reminded to protect themselves against the flu by getting vaccinated.
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Member for Wollondilly, Nathaniel Smith, said people aged 65 and over could book in a free flu shot at pharmacies and GPs.
"I care about everyone's health and wellbeing, especially older people living across the local area," Mr Smith said.
"Getting the flu vaccine reduces your risk of getting the flu by up to 60 per cent and most importantly it provides vital protection against severe illness and death.
"This is especially important for those who are immunocompromised or living in close proximity to someone who is susceptible to serious illness from influenza."
Mr Smith said vaccination against flu is especially important this year, given COVID-19 is also circulating in the community.
"We have come a long way and have a strong COVID-19 vaccination rate, but it is important to take any additional steps we can to protect ourselves and others as we head into the winter months," Mr Smith said.
"The flu shot and COVID-19 booster can be given at the same time, so if you are yet to get either, make sure to book in today."
Those considered to be at higher risk of severe illness from influenza are eligible for a free flu vaccine under the National Immunisation Program and include:
When people book, they should ask their pharmacist or GP which vaccine is right for them. For more information visit www.nsw.gov.au/flu
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