It’s the Day of Immunology and a good reason to have a free Flu shot and a coffee in true Melbourne style!
Coalition of Experts calls for Melburnians to get vaccinated
Today Melburnians can get a free flu shot in true Melbourne style with their favourite coffee
Melbourne, 27th April, The Vaccination Café is back to Melbourne Townhall in 2018, Hosted by the Australasian Society for Immunology as part of the “International Day of Immunology” to provide educational information on how vaccines work and the benefits of vaccination to the community. The initiative is supported by the City of Melbourne, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, Vaccin8@work and the national Immunisation Coalition. The experts are on a joint mission to reduce the public health impact of influenza this year and issue a call to action: While the flu vaccine may not provide a 100% guarantee of not being infected with the flu, it is nevertheless more important than you think! The latest Immunisation Coalition survey shows that 35% of adults would get this year’s flu shot if they knew it had been updated to better match the circulating viruses.
Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy: “Flu vaccinations save lives. Influenza is not like the common cold – it can have serious and devastating outcomes. With over 48,000 flu notifications in Victoria alone for last year’s horror flu season, our message this winter is simple: you never forget the flu, so don’t forget the flu shot.”
People who get vaccinated are at lower risk of contracting influenza than those who are not. They are less likely to be laid up in bed with sweats, shivers and muscle aches, and take time off work or their usual activities, or to be hospitalised with complications. If you are vaccinated, you’re less likely to get the flu. But that’s not the whole story!
If you are healthy, your decision is about considering the cost for the flu shot and a few moments of discomfort against the possibility that you’ll need to take time off work and endure days of misery due to infection. But, you should not just think about yourself! The decision to get vaccinated is about evaluating the risk that you can pass the flu on to someone who is at risk of serious illness from infection, even before you are aware that you have the flu.
Kim Sampson, CEO of the Immunisation Coalition invited Melburnians to show their support for Influenza Immunisation campaign by capturing and sharing their flu shot moment. People are invited to join the campaign by uploading their image on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #HitMeWithYourBestShot, bringing awareness to the benefits of being protected and challenging their friends and family to do the same.
Dr Gabriela Khoury the National Coordinator of the Day of Immunology, Australia and New Zealand explains the concept, “the Vaccination Café is the perfect place to learn about the benefits of vaccination and your incredible immune system. Melbourne is home to world-leading immunology research and has the best coffee in the world! This event includes both. Drop by, grab a flat white and have a chat with one of our friendly scientists!”
North Western Melbourne PHN CEO Adj/Associate Professor Christopher Carter said it’s important not to underestimate how serious getting the flu can be. “The flu can be a whole lot more that a cold – every year thousands of people are hospitalised with influenza and its complications,” A/Prof Carter said. “That’s why the Vaccination Café is such a great initiative, giving busy people the chance to get a coffee and the best protection against the flu in one go.”
Last year saw 250,000 cases of laboratory confirmed flu across Australia. And the flu does not discriminate – it affects people of all ages, and infections among the elderly are more likely to require hospitalisation, or cause serious complications such as pneumonia and heart attacks.
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Day of Immunology
The “International Day of Immunology” is a global initiative aimed to promote the benefits of Immunology research to the public and is hosted in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Society of Immunology. Celebrated annually on the 29th of April multiple events are held nationally on and around this date.
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Vaccin8@work https://vaccin8atwork.com.au https://m.facebook.com/vaccin8atwork/ Twitter + Instagram: @Vaccin8atwork
Vaccin8 @ Work is a nationwide provider of flu vaccinations led by well-known health advocate and experienced Immunisation Nurse Kerryn Lajoie.
The Immunisation Coalition is a not for profit advocacy group with a mission to create awareness about the importance of immunisation. Immunisation still provides the best protection against infectious diseases. We work with consumers, health professionals and organisations with an interest in immunisation and government health agencies, ensuring that the information provided to consumers through our website and other communication channels is current, easily understood and scientifically informed.
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