A mother remembers the heartbreaking moment when she realized that the deadly influenza virus had claimed the life of her daughter.
Lucy Betts was a happy and calm baby, just weeks away from her first birthday when she developed a temperature in 2017.
Her mother Lauren took the 11-month-old woman to the doctor, where she cleared up all visible signs of illness and seemed to be diagnosed when she went to bed that night.
Mrs. Betts knew immediately that something was terribly wrong when she went to check Lucy in her bed the next morning.
A Victorian mother has shared her heartache about how the flu has claimed her baby girl. She now urges other parents to have their young people vaccinated against the killer virus (stock image)
& # 39; When I put my hand in the cot, she just felt so cold, and when I picked her up, I just knew, & # 39; she said The age.
& # 39; She was just a loving, beautiful girl. She was her mother's girl. Everyone who met her just loved her. She was just the kid who always smiled. & # 39;
A coronary investigation later found that Lucy died of the complications of influenza A and between 1255 Australians were killed by the virus in the creepy epidemic of the 2017 season.
Influenza has so far claimed 26 Victorians this year, including three children aged three, six and eleven years old.
INFLUENZA PER STATE
Influenza diagnoses from January 1 to May 15 by the state:
TO TRADE – 312
NSW – 12,053
NT – 662
QLD – 10,506
SA – 12,885
BAG – 771
VIC – 4,627
WA – 2,420
TOTAL – 49,361
Until May 15, 49,361 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza were reported to the National Significible Diseases Surveillance System and 88 influenza-related deaths in 2019.
Victoria offers free annual flu vaccines for children between the ages of six months and five years.
& # 39; Many parents do not realize that there is a vaccine for their children and that if they get the flu it can take them so quickly & # 39 ;, Betts said.
& # 39; My only hope is that I can help save other children's lives and prevent this from happening to another family by talking about my own experiences. & # 39;
65-year-old Victorians, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can also get the flu shot for free.
The flu is a matter of & # 39; the entire community & # 39; and can affect anyone, according to the director of the Chief Physician of Royal Melbourne Hospital, associate professor Lou Irving.
Royal Melbourne Hospital & # 39; s director of respiratory medicine associate professor Lou Irving (photo) urges everyone to get a flu vaccination to protect themselves
& # 39; What we learned about the flu is that it affects not only risk groups such as the elderly or the sick, but also young and generally healthy people, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; In addition to obtaining the vaccine, prevention and isolation measures are also extremely important & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; These include hand hygiene and cough etiquette and staying home from work if you experience viral symptoms.
& # 39; If you get the flu, it is important to return to work only after you have fully recovered for the safety of your colleagues & our patients. & # 39;
Influenza has already claimed 26 lives this year in Victoria, including three children
International flu expert and head of research at the National Center for Immunization Research Professor Robert Booy recently told the ABC the numbers are among the worst at this time of the year.
& # 39; It is designed as a moderately severe flu season & # 39 ;, he told Daily Mail Australia this week.
& # 39; Last year was a quiet season and as a result not many people have experienced the latest flu strain. Time will tell, but there is still a long way to go to complete the 2017 monster epidemic. & # 39;
When NSW Health released the first of its weekly magazine Influenza Surveillance Reports for this year there were 856 confirmed flu cases for the week ending 12 May, higher than the 812 reports from the previous week.
As the winter is fast approaching, there have been nearly 50,000 confirmed cases of influenza this year
NSW also offers free flu shots for children up to five years.
"We have seen abnormally high numbers of reported flu cases throughout Australia during the warmer months leading up to the winter, so we urge people to act now and get vaccinated." Vicky Sheppeard, director of the Communicable Diseases Department of NSW Health this week.
& # 39; It is important to act now because it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective and children under the age of nine taking the vaccine for the first time need two doses, one month apart. & # 39;
& # 39; We urge everyone to get the flu shot to build community immunity and beat the flu beetle this winter – it can save your life. & # 39;
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