It’s almost spring, but flu season yet to peak
THE flu season is far from over, with cases expected to peak in the next few weeks according to the Mid North Coast Local Health District.
MNCLHD director public health, Paul Corben, said more cases were expected in the next few weeks across the region, with the flu season expected to peak in the next two weeks.
"The flu will circulate in the community for a few to several weeks yet," he said.
It's been a big flu season with 113 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza on the Mid North Coast throughout the year to date.
Of that number, 50 have been confirmed in the last four weeks. These figures are nearly double the five-year average of 61 confirmed cases annually.
In Coffs Harbour, there have been 34 cases confirmed throughout the year to date and of that number 19 have been confirmed in the last few weeks.
Mr Corben said the figures highlight the flu season has not yet peaked and encourages people to get the flu vaccine.
"It's still a good idea to get vaccinated against the flu, particularly people at high risk of complications from the flu," he said.
Mr Corben urged those who have contracted the flu to stay at home and rest.
- Prevent the spread of influenza.
- Consult your general practitioner.
- Cover your mouth when you cough.
- Stay at home and rest.
- Keep hydrated.
- Wash your hands.