Flu season hits the Wide Bay
THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service is encouraging people to get their influenza vaccinations and take other steps to limit the spread of the virus as flu season gets into full swing.
Most areas of Queensland are reporting higher numbers of flu compared to this time last year, with the Wide Bay having 95 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza compared with 52 at this time in 2015.
The vaccine provided for the funded program this year is the quadrivalent vaccine, which contains protection against four strains of flu (two A strains and two B strains).
“Vaccination is the best defence against influenza,” WBHHS public health director Dr Margaret Young said.
TIPS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF FLU:
Frequent hand washing (soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel).
Stay at least 1m away from people who have flu-like symptoms.
Use a tissue or the inside of your arm when you cough or sneeze.
Put used tissues in a waste bin straight after use.
Stay home when you are sick.
Clean frequently touched surfaces, door handles, taps, tables, benches and fridge doors with soap and water.
BEST SHOT: Vaccination can help defend against the flu.