We may not have read about it for some time but swine flu continues to cause substantial illness across the world and is still a threat to Australia. Vaccination is the best primary prevention of swine flu and, in conjunction with South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service, there will be special free vaccination clinics Thursday of this week. Medical advice is that children under 10 should have the vaccination along with people who care for children. It’s children and those who care for children who the clinic will specifically target this week. For children under 10, a repeat dose of the vaccine is required one month after the first. We’re doing it at the Central Library at Eastgardens shopping centre on Thursday March 4. The next clinic, to ensure children under 10 are protected will be held on Thursday April 1. On both dates, the clinics will run between 1.00pm and 3.00pm and again at night between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. By vaccinating children under 10 and those who care for them we can be better prepared for the winter flu season and help halt the spread of this life threatening disease.