Ready for ‘killer flu season’
Flu cases three times higher than average
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It’s the busiest start to a year since 2008 with more than 36 people being diagnosed each day.
Between January 1 and April 1 in 2017, there were 2961 cases, with the state then going on to endure one of the worst influenza seasons on record.
The Mackay Hospital and Health Service – which includes Proserpine and Bowen hospitals – has had 127 cases of influenza so far in 2018, more than three times the average for this time of year, according to Queensland Health.
While Queensland Health has advised people in central and southern parts of the state to have the flu jab from the mid to end of April, Brisbane doctor Deb Mills from Dr Deb the Travel Doctor says people should get it now.
“Basically you can’t tell when the flu is going to hit,” she said.
“If you wait (to get the vaccine), it’s a bit like Russian roulette.”
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As you would expect, local news is given more prominence, while the best received her vaccine, said Australia didn’t know enough about influenza to be “fussy” about vaccination timing.
“You never know when the thing is coming,” she said.
“What if the flu hits in May? I don’t think there’s any major disadvantage in having it now.”
The most up-to-date data shows there were 183 people admitted with the flu to Queensland’s public and private acute hospitals in January.
A Queensland Health spokesman said several factors might have contributed to the high number of cases this year, including increased awareness and the number of tests conducted in public laboratories having almost doubled in the past few years.
The spokesman said the health authority was working hard to prevent a repeat of last year’s season and was investing more than $2.3 million to protect communities.
“Our message remains the same – get vaccinated every year because it is the best way of protecting yourself against the flu,” he said.
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flu, we should not ignore basic practices such as proper hand-washing, covering a cough with a tissue or our arm, and staying home when we’re sick.”
Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said the 2018 government-funded vaccine would be available around mid-April for all children aged six months to less than five years, all adults 65 years and older, all pregnant women, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 15 years and older, and all individuals six months and older with medical conditions.
“Some providers are now advertising influenza vaccination in the private market – it is recommended that Queenslanders discuss the timing of their vaccination with their
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No one who was admitted to hospital in January this year with a “principal diagnosis” of influenza died.
Owner of Goodness Gracious, Helen Pike, said prevention was the best remedy.
“I virtually tell people to build their immune system now to escape the flu,” she said. to your devices when new stories are published.
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For children, Ms Pike recommends “olive leaf extract and good quality vitamin C drinks, the fresh stuff not reconstituted stuff”.
As for keeping herself free of cold and flu, Ms Pike adds a few drops of oregano oil in her water bottle.
“Oregano oil in your water or on the soles of your feet at night is a good preventative or can speed up recovery,” she said. improvements to our site so would love to hear your feedback via NRM.Digital@ newsregionalmedia.com.au.
Wellness Centre Proserpine’s resident naturopath Kiera Hinshaw said acupuncture was good for the immune system to help relieve coughs and points could be triggered to build the immune system.
“Fresh air, sunlight and water is the best medicine if you contract the flu,” she said. — Domanii Cameron and Tamera Francis
FLU PREPARED: Goodness Gracious owner Helen Pike with some immune boosters in her shop.