WRAD ON A FLU-READY MISSION

The Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) is on a mission to make Warrnambool flu-ready in 2016.

For the first time WRAD, which is part of Handbury Medical Suites at 172 Merri Street Warrnambool, is providing workplaces with the 2016 flu vaccine.

The service includes a mini health check, costs $15 per person and can be delivered in workplaces. Alternatively WRAD can provide vaccinations and mini health checks at Handbury Medical Suites.

WRAD Improved Services Coordinator Kim Williams said there was a record 90,000 cases of flu in 2015.

“This year the Federal Government is introducing stronger flu shots to cover four different strains of virus and aims to protect the most vulnerable people,” Ms Williams said.

The vaccine is free for pregnant women, children aged under three, people aged over 65 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within certain age brackets.

But Ms Williams said it was also an important for workplaces to protect against the flu.

“Helping staff to remain healthy is a wise investment for all workplaces,” Ms Williams said.

“As part of this service we will also perform a mini health check including blood pressure checks that can be bulk-billed to Medicare,” she added.

People or organisations can contact 1300 009723 for bookings.