Flu sea­son hits the Wide Bay

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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.

PHOTO: IPGGUTENBERGUKLTD

BEST SHOT: Vac­ci­na­tion can help de­fend against the flu.

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