Dr John Philpot ensures that Judy Williams, from Warrnambool, will be safeguarded against the flu this season, with doctors encouraging everyone in the region to be vaccinated. SHORT-TERM pain for long-term gain is the main reason why many south-west residents get inoculated but Judy Williams didn’t even feel a pinch.
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The Warrnambool woman was one of the first patients of the season to be safeguarded against the dreaded influenza with doctors across the region encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.

She was keen to avoid the virus this season but told The Standard that the small jab was relatively pain-free. Thousands of people across the south-west are expected to roll up their sleeves over the next month ahead of flu season, which usually kicks in during June.

Warrnambool’s chief medical officer Dr John Philpot said the simple pin-prick was an easy way of prevention against the dreaded virus.

He said people belonging to several demographic categories were eligible to receive a free vaccination. “Influenza is a really horrible disease, it can knock you down for weeks, leaving you bed-ridden in most circumstances,” Dr Philpot said.

“Coughing, aches, pains, sweating, light-headedness. It’s all nasty stuff and can be easily avoided.”

A range of people are eligible to receive a free inoculation including senior citizens, adult indigenous people, sufferers of cardiac disease, diabetes or respiratory diseases, pregnant women, people with impaired immunity including HIV patients, neurological patients, renal failure sufferers and children on long-term aspirin therapy.

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