BE PREPARED: For more information on the flu vaccine, visit the NSW Health website.
BE PREPARED: For more information on the flu vaccine, visit the NSW Health website. Sarah Harvey

Flu season not over yet, experts advise

SPRING may be here but the flu lingers on the Coffs Coast, according to the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

Greg Bell, acting director of public health for the district, said the influenza season hit late this year.

So far this season, there have been 268 laboratory- confirmed cases recorded on the  Mid North Coast.

Mr Bell said 15 cases were confirmed last week, less than half the 49 reported the week before.

Flu figures are more severe further north between Grafton and the Tweed, with the North Coast Local Health District reporting 557 cases so far this year.

Mr Bell said influenza A was the strain most prevalent this season.

According to the NSW Department of Health, the flu virus is especially dangerous for the elderly, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and young children.

For more information on the flu vaccine, visit the NSW Health website.



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