Uptake of flu vaccinations pleases health provider

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

More than 1300 flu vaccinations have been administered by Balclutha’s main health service provider in the past month.

Clutha Health First chief executive Ray Anton said the vaccinations were initially given to patients aged 65 years and older, pregnant women, and patients with chronic conditions, and then to others with less serious pre-existing conditions.

‘‘We are very pleased with the uptake so far,’’ Mr Anton said.

‘‘The practice had three drive› through clinics at the Cross Recreation Centre.’’

The first on April 3 delivered about 700 vaccines in five hours and the second on April 9 delivered a further 160 in two hours.

‘‘We have also sent nurses to peoples’ homes where patients are unable to attend a clinic.’’

The centre held a further drive-through clinic at the Cross Recreation Centre in Balclutha two days ago for other patients registered with the practice, Mr Anton said.

‘‘Currently we have about 500 vaccines available.

‘‘If patients have not had the flu vaccination in the past, they will be asked to wait after receiving the vaccine for a short period to make sure that they are safe.

‘‘We have been very grateful to Civil Defence staff and South Roads who helped with traffic safety, and also New World who supplied staff at the first clinic with a huge basket of food.’’