Second wave of swine flu possible

MORE than 30,000 people have been immunised through the free human swine flu vaccination clinics by Queensland Health.

About 90 clinics have been conducted, mainly at high schools, during the past two weekends and they will continue again tomorrow.

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said it was possible a second wave of human swine flu could hit in April or May.

“Queenslanders can protect themselves, their family and their local community by taking advantage of these free immunisation clinics at state high schools,” she said.

“It is vital children and adolescents are immunised to help protect themselves and the broader community, but everyone in the family above the age of six months should be vaccinated.”

Darling Downs-West Moreton Health Service District executive director Mark Kearin encouraged local residents to take the opportunity of getting a free vaccination.

“If you’ve missed the past two weekends try and make plans to attend this Saturday’s clinics. If you take this precaution now it will help you and your family have a healthier winter,” he said.

Further information on immunisations and the disease in general is available by contacting 13HEALTH (13 432584) or visiting the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au.

Weekend clinics

YOU can receive your free swine flu vaccine tomorrow from the Darling Downs-West Moreton Health Service District at Allora State School and Texas State School from 9am to 3pm.



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