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WARNING: Australia has been hit by the worst FLU OUTBREAK on record

FLU OUTBREAK WARNING

Australia is experiencing its worst flu season on record, with the total number of cases currently over 70,000.

Alarmingly, there have been 30,000 cases reported in the last month across the country – the most significant amount of cases over a four week period.

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The worst flu outbreak on record

Health authorities are warning Aussies to be vigilant following what has been described as the worst outbreak of flu on record.

Last week, there were more than 4,000 notifications of influenza in Queensland, and three people have died with another 35 sick after an outbreak at a nursing home in Melbourne.

“It looks like we will again get the greatest number of notified cases in Australia we’ve ever seen,” says Professor Paul Van Buynder, the chairman of the Immunisation Coalition.

“I’m confident that this is not just the biggest recorded year in our data but it’s also the largest flu outbreak that we’ve seen for quite some time.”

The last biggest outbreak on record was in 2015, when more than 100,000 people were tested positive for influenza.

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Flu symptoms to look out for:

  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Ear pain

How to prevent you and your littles ones contracting the flu:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Rest
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover mouths
  • Keep up with exercise

For more tips on keeping your family well this winter, click here.

If you are concerned you or your children are showing flu-like symptoms, we advise you to see you GP as soon as possible.

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written by:

Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.