Facebook to spread flu warning
WARNINGS to young people to get flu shots before the worst of winter hits are to be pasted on the popular internet site, Facebook.
State MP for Lismore Thomas George has revealed the flu immunisation message this year will be taken to Facebook, targeting the 16-to-24-year-olds who are less likely to be immunised.
Mr George said the NSW Government's Winter Illness Campaign The Spread of Flu is Up To You would help educate them.
“The Government has allocated $300,000 for the radio, online and outdoor advertising campaign to curb the impact of the flu on the public and the health system,” Mr George said.
“Advertisements will also appear on Facebook, targeting the 16-to-24-year-olds who are less likely to be immunised or take time off work if they are sick.”
Mr George said while influenza was preventable, it is expected to affect between 10 and 20 per cent of North Coast residents, as it is easily spread through the air.
“The concern is that influenza affects individuals in different ways,” he said.
Mr George said flu vaccinations were available through GPs, but once sick, individuals need to do their part to prevent the spread of influenza.
“Strategies such as covering your face with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, washing hands, and staying home if you have the flu will help to stop the spread of influenza,” he said.