A continued spike in the number of confirmed influenza cases this year confirms that Queensland’s flu season has hit with a vengeance.
Doctor Christopher Coulter, Medical Advisor for Infectious Diseases Communicable Diseases Branch, says the latest figures were the best reminder yet to practice regular and thorough hand washing, good cough etiquette and to get your flu vaccination.
“For those who haven’t had a flu vaccination this year, it’s not too late they should make booking an appointment a priority.”
This year’s vaccine protects against two ‘A’ and two ‘B’ strains of flu which have been the most prevalent around the world this year.
Dr Coulter says for some people in high-risk categories, influenza can be deadly so it’s crucial we all play our part to help stop it spreading and reduce its effects on the community.
So far, this year, there have been 19,216 flu notifications
Remember to practice good hygiene, stay home when you’re sick, cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
Queenslanders eligible for the government-funded influenza vaccine can access it from their doctor or immunization provider.
Those eligible for the funded vaccine are pregnant women during any stage of pregnancy and people 65 years of age or older.