War waged against flu

Camperdown nurses Jo Place (left), Natasha Swayn and Joy Bailey (absent) will be on hand every Tuesday to provide flu vaccinations for staff and volunteers.

Camperdown nurses Jo Place (left), Natasha Swayn and Joy Bailey (absent) will be on hand every Tuesday to provide flu vaccinations for staff and volunteers.

HEALTH workers, doctors and volunteers in Camperdown have been given the perfect chance to beat the winter flu, with free vaccines now on offer.

South West Healthcare boasts 185 employees and 202 volunteers, and each and every one of them is encouraged to take up the free vaccine offer.

Camperdown hospital nurses Natasha Swayn, Jo Place and Joy Bailey have set aside each Tuesday from 9am until 3pm to provide the injections, or can do so by appointment.

Hospital manager Janine Durea-Finn said the free offer applied to all South West Healthcare organisations, including the Camperdown hospital, psychiatric services, Manifold Place, Merindah Lodge, David Newman Adult Centre and Lismore Community Health Centre.

“Ideally, we’d love to see everyone take up the offer,” she said.

“This is a way of looking after our own staff and volunteers, since they are by nature in environments where they may be more exposed to sickness.

“The prevention of sickness also means less staff hours lost.

“But more importantly, the vaccines offer better preventative care for our patients, because staff who are coming down with the flu are often infectious 48 hours before any symptoms are evident.”

The vaccine on offer covers four different strains of flu virus.

People are advised to contact the Camperdown hospital on 5593 7300 for more information.

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