As per widespread media reporting in Victoria, the flu vaccine is in short supply and manufactures cannot meet the current population demand.
Providers of flu vaccination, including Council programs, have been advised to preserve the remaining stock for those most ‘at risk’ in the event of influenza disease until further supplies become available. This includes people who have particular health risk factors, or meet an age criteria. City of Ballarat is unable to provide any purchased (paid) flu shots until further notice.
At the open flu immunisation sessions at Girrabanya Maternal and Child Health site on Thursday 24 May (9am-12pm) and Saturday 26 May (9am-12pm), we can only provide a flu vaccine to:
Pregnant women anytime during pregnancy;
Aboriginal people aged 15 years and over;
Adults aged 65 years and older;
People aged 5 years and over who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications; for example, severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes
Flu vaccination remains recommended and encouraged tp prevent disease. City of Ballarat will advise when the flu vaccine is readily available again to the Ballarat community.