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Lord Mayor urges residents: keep up immunisations

13 March, 2012

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging residents to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date ahead of the coming cold and flu season.

The Lord Mayor said it was easy to keep children vaccinated with Council’s free full-time immunisation program, a further part of his commitment to keeping living costs down across the city.

“I want Brisbane residents to be active and healthy, and an important part of that is making sure their immunisation schedule is always kept up-to-date,” Cr Quirk said.

“We invested $1.35 million dollars last financial year helping to ensure children in our community are protected against diseases including measles, whooping cough, polio, rubella and tetanus.

“Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them in our community.

“All children including international and interstate visitors can use Council’s immunisation service.”

Cr Quirk said Brisbane City Council was one of only a few local authorities across Australia to offer the free program, which also applies to any senior citizen.

“An average of 17,000 seniors and children are immunised under this program every year,” he said.

“It is vitally important that people in our community aged 65 years and over are vaccinated against influenza and pneumococcal too,” Cr Quirk said. Pneumococcal causes a range of illnesses including pneumonia and meningitis.

The chicken pox vaccine is also offered to parents at the discounted price of $40.

Since 2008, more than 68,000 people have been immunised under the program delivered by Brisbane City Council and funded in partnership with Queensland Health.

Free immunisation clinics are held each week at:

Monday: Keperra and Nundah
Tuesday: Carina and Chermside
Wednesday: Sandgate, Paddington, Indooroopilly and Mt Gravatt
Thursday: Wynnum, Sunnybank Hills, Mitchelton and Corinda
Clinics are also conducted on alternating Mondays at Forest Lake and New Farm.

To find your nearest immunisation clinic, call Council on 3403 8888 or access the schedule online at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

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