Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

A LOT of peo­ple have been say­ing it is a bad year for the flu and gov­ern­ment fig­ures back up the anec­do­tal ev­i­dence. Fig­ures re­leased by the Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Health Sus­san Ley showed flu cases in Aus­tralia were up by more than 50 per cent in 2015, com­pared to the same time last year. The virus kills 3000 Aus­tralians ev­ery year and the Gov­ern­ment is keen to pro­mote the flu vac­cine as the best pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure. Four and a half mil­lion doses of flu vac­cine had been bought this year, which was 200,000 more than were dis­trib­uted in 2014. The vac­cine con­tains three strains of flu virus and they are dif­fer­ent from last year’s dose. Health author­i­ties in­cluded a rare dou­ble strain af­ter they re­ceived in­ter­na­tional ad­vice that it would be a likely in­fec­tion this year. If you think you are at risk, con­sider hav­ing a shot. Rick Lee - Editor

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