Asthma pa­tients urged to vac­ci­nate for flu

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

ON the week of World Asthma Day, Queens­land’s Act­ing Chief Health Of­fi­cer Dr Mark El­cock urged all Queens­lan­ders who suf­fer from asthma to get their flu vac­ci­na­tion now.

“While I en­cour­age ev­ery­body to have their flu vac­ci­na­tion, it is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for those suf­fer­ing from res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases like asthma,” Dr El­cock said.

Vac­ci­na­tion is free for all peo­ple aged 6 months or older with cer­tain med­i­cal con­di­tions that can lead to com­pli­ca­tions from in­fluenza, in­clud­ing se­vere asthma.

Those el­i­gi­ble can ar­range an ap­point­ment via doc­tor or im­mu­ni­sa­tion provider.

Those not el­i­gi­ble for the funded vac­cine are strongly en­cour­aged to con­tact their doc­tor, im­mu­ni­sa­tion provider or phar­ma­cist.

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