Free swine flu vaccinations

THE State Government will begin rolling out school swine flu vaccination clinics across the Gympie region from tomorrow.

The first of the clinics will be held at James Nash State High School with other schools across the region to follow on Saturday’s throughout March.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Paul Lucas said a clinic to provide the free Panvax® H1N1 vaccine will be held at Queensland State high schools over the next two months, including James Nash State High School, Gympie State High School, Kilkivan State School, Goomeri State School, Mary Valley State College and Tin Can Bay P-10.

“Parents of children in all Queensland schools and day-care centres will soon receive a letter from Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young providing advice about the vaccination and details of the clinics that will be held in their area,” Mr Lucas said.

He said any member of the community could attend and receive the free vaccine, not just parents and families of students.

“I urge all people in the Gympie region to take advantage of this opportunity to be vaccinated,” he said.

“This collaborative initiative between the Federal Government and the Bligh Government, and Queensland Health and Education Queensland will help to ensure the swine flu vaccine is even more accessible for Queenslanders.”

Advice from world and national health authorities is that a second wave of the pandemic is likely to appear in Australia in April or May and the impact of a second wave will be greatly reduced by making the vaccination available.

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