The flu season continues and 49 years in New South Wales alone – and the worst is yet to come
- Influenza has claimed 49 NSW lives so far in 2019 as number of cases increases
- Registered flu cases rose slightly last week, but remain above average
- There have been six outbreaks for the week ending June 2, bringing 2019 to a total of 62
Influenza has already killed 49 people in New South Wales this year due to a large number of & # 39; summer flu cases & # 39; – and now the winter season begins.
There have been 2,345 confirmed cases of flu in the state since January, according to the latest report from NSW Health.
The report states that flu activity remained high in most districts at this time of year, with Western Sydney recording the highest number of cases at 516.
The report also revealed that six outbreaks were recorded for the week that ended on June 2.
Influenza has claimed the lives of 49 people in New South Wales in 2019 because of a large number of & # 39; summer flu cases & # 39; and now the winter season begins
& # 39; An outbreak was in a private hospital, the rest in care facilities. All due to influenza A, & # 39; according to the report.
& # 39; In the 50 influenza outbreaks that affect residential care centers, it was reported that at least 481 residents had flu symptoms and required 53 hospital admissions.
& # 39; In general, 14 deaths have been reported to residents related to these outbreaks. & # 39;
NSW Health & # 39; s director of communicable diseases, Dr. Vicky Sheppeard said that sufficient supplies of flu vaccine are available for people who are eligible for free state-funded shots, also for children under five.
& # 39; We urge parents of children under the age of five and those who are vulnerable to the virus, such as the elderly, pregnant women and people with other diseases, urge their doctor to visit as soon as possible for a flu shot, & # 39; said Dr. Sheppeard.
& # 39; Children under the age of nine who have received an injection for the first time need two doses, one month apart.
& # 39; It is also important that people who are already ill do not go to elderly care centers to prevent vulnerable people from being exposed to the flu. & # 39;
Flu shots are free under the National Immunization Program for pregnant women, people over 65, Aboriginal people and people with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart problems.
The NSW government has reserved $ 22.75 million for state-wide vaccination programs that will help with flu prevention this season.
Flu secretions are free under the National Immunization Program for pregnant women, people over 65, Aboriginal people and people with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart problems
In the winter season, 2.2 million free flu vaccines have already been sent to doctors.
The number of flu cases reported for the week ending June 2 was low, but higher than predicted for this time of year.
& # 39; A total of 16.9 percent of the tests for respiratory viruses were positive for influenza (Figure 7), higher than the previous week (at) 16.3 percent & # 39; said the report.
The Australian medical president Dr. Chris Zappala told it ABC radio on Thursday there were several factors that contributed to the flu figures.
& # 39; There is no doubt that the figures for the flu this year are far higher than in previous years, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; This seems to be happening for reasons that are not entirely clear, but it is at least partially the mutation of the virus.
& # 39; It is a very tricky virus and it changes its appearance and camouflages so that it can escape and slip through the immune system. & # 39;
NSW Health & # 39; s director of communicable diseases, Dr. Vicky Sheppeard urged parents to keep their children immunized prior to the winter flu season
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