Queenslanders are being enlisted as flu fighters to help combat one of the State’s biggest flu seasons on record.
Over the past week, an extra 4,749 flu cases have been identified in Queensland, bringing the 2017 total to 24,605.
Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick, says we now all need to be taking simple, sensible precautions could still make a difference.
“We want everybody ‘flu fighting’. There are practical steps we can all take to stop catching or spreading the flu.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says the best defence against the flu is to get a vaccination.
“It is never too late to vaccinate – this flu season is not yet over. “The current vaccine provides protection against four strains of the flu that Queenslanders are experiencing this year.”
Then there’s the practical steps- staying at home when sick, cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw used tissues away immediately.
Also, we need to make sure we are washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, or using hand gel frequently, when in potential contact with the flu virus.
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
• persons 65 years of age or older
• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to 5 years
• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 15 years of age or older
• People six months of age or older who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications.
All other Queenslanders can obtain the influenza vaccination from their doctor, immunization provider or some community pharmacies.