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Young adults urged to immunise

Residents aged between 18-34 are encouraged to take advantage of free vaccinations

By Bass Coast Shire Council - 30th November 2001 - Back to News

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Bass Coast Shire residents aged between 18-34 are encouraged to take advantage of free measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations.

A recent outbreak of measles among young adults in Melbourne is being investigated by the Department of Human Services. Seven young adult Melbournians have been diagnosed with measles since October. All but one were hospitalised for specialist treatment.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s health staff provide the free MMR vaccinations during monthly immunisation sessions in Coronet Bay, Cowes, San Remo, Wonthaggi and Inverloch.

Miranda Sage, Mayor of Bass Coast Shire Council said that it is essential that young adults who missed out on childhood vaccinations and did not catch the diseases in childhood now take precautions.

"It is very important that 18-34 year olds take advantage of the free immunisation sessions because these diseases are highly contagious and can be very serious in adults," said Cr Sage.

"I encourage residents between 18-34 to take the time to attend one of Council’s free immunisation session," said Cr Sage. "No appointment is necessary."

Immunisation sessions will be held during December at the following locations and times:

Coronet Bay
Thursday 13 December 2001, 10.30 – 11.00am
Coronet Bay Community Hall
Cnr Gellibrand Rd & Bantering Bay Rd

Tuesday 11 December 2001, 10.00 – 11.30am
Phillip Island Heritage Centre
89 Thompson Ave

San Remo
Tuesday 11 December 2001, 1.30 – 2.00pm
San Remo Recreation Centre
Wynne Ave

Tuesday 18 December 2001, 9.30 – 11.30am
Wonthaggi Senior Citizens Club Rooms
46-50 Murray St

Tuesday 18 December 2001, 1.30 – 2.00pm
Inverloch Community Centre
A’Beckett St

Immunisation services are also available by appointment at most medical clinics at Cowes, San Remo, Wonthaggi and Inverloch.

For more information about measles, mumps, rubella and vaccinations, contact Bass Coast Shire Council’s health officers on (03) 5671 2211 or 5951 3311.


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