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Public urged to get flu vaccine after a surge of cases – and it’s expected to get worse!

Health professionals are predicting an outbreak of people contracting the flu and are urging the public to get their vaccine AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

So far this year, there has been THREE times as many with the virus compared to last year, and it’s expected to get worse. In fact, it’s been predicted to become ‘a killer flu season’.

The virus has already killed at least 13 people in Victoria.

Victoria prepares for flu season after 'horror' outbreak last year

There’s been a rise in the number of flu cases in Australia in 2019

An unexpected surge in flu cases has prompted some health authorities to start early distribution of the vaccine.

26,000 people were diagnosed in Australia with influenza this year already.

In New South Wales and Queensland have each had more than 7,000 cases and South Australia has been the most affected state, with almost 4,485 cases. There was only 1,139 this time last year there.

“I would urge everyone to contact their GP or immunisation provider to get a flu shot, especially those in high-risk groups such as young children, people aged over 65 and pregnant women, who can get vaccinated for free,” says SA Health disease control expert Dr Louise Flood.

“While it’s not possible to predict the severity of a flu season, it’s important the community remains vigilant.

“We’ve had one death so far this year … and we’ve had 12 outbreaks in aged care facilities.”

Health practitioners in New South Wales have been releasing free vaccinations, and they’re doing it earlier than anticipated.

What can you do to prevent the flu in the meantime?

While getting the flu vaccine is the best weapon against the flu, there are other precautions you can take to reduce your families risk of contracting it. These include:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Rest
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover mouths when coughing / sneezing
  • Keep up with exercise
  • Keep sick children away from school
  • Stay away from work/public places when you have cold and flu symptoms
  • Scold cups, cutlery and utensils with boiling water before use

How to prevent you and your little ones contracting the flu

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

When to see a doctor

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

For more tips on keeping your family well this winter, click here. And here are 5 things to know about flu and pregnancy.

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Editor with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. When Jennifer isn't trawling the internet for the latest celebrity gossip she is running around after her son Kian.

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