Health authorities issue influenza and measles warning

A warning has been issued due to an outbreak of influenza and measles cases.

Health authorities issue influenza and measles warning

A warning has been issued by health authorities in Australia urging residents to check their vaccinations or to consider getting vaccinated due to an early spike in measles and flu cases.
While peak flu season in Australia is normally August to September, new strains of influenza are brought into the country every year and there has been a doubling of confirmed cases compared to this time last year.

The eastern states have been the hardest hit by this flu outbreak with 6128 confirmed cases in NSW and 5665 in Queensland followed by 2636 in South Australia.

While doctors including Dr Harry Nespolon from the Australian college of General Practitioners advise that the best time to get a flu shot is three months prior to flu season, you may wish to consider a visit to your doctor for an early flu shot.

Under the Federal Government's National Immunisation Program, those at most risk of poor outcomes are eligible for a free flu vaccine. This includes:

  • People aged 65 and older
  • Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
  • People aged six months and over with medical conditions that mean they have a higher risk of getting a serious disease
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months to five years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and older


Will you be getting an early flu shot this year?

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    Jem
    4th Apr 2019
    11:41am
    So am I right in saying, May is the best time now?
    Polly Esther
    4th Apr 2019
    12:33pm
    Are you saying or asking? you seem confused. My experience tells me it is prudent in medical matters to always consult your doctor. This is what you are paying them for, after all.
    Jem
    4th Apr 2019
    1:13pm
    The article states 3 months before the peak flue season, which is August/Sept so is it better in May/June? Or earlier? That was my question Polly..
    MITZY
    4th Apr 2019
    1:46pm
    The medical practice I attend has a sign in the reception area indicating: "Flu injections available from end of April."
    KSS
    4th Apr 2019
    3:38pm
    The problem with getting the flu shot too early is that you are out of protection at the height of the flu season. There was some talk about the elderly being able to have two shots one now and one later but I am not sure what became of that. Its worth booking in for May sometime in order to still be covered by August/September which is peak season.
    Old Geezer
    4th Apr 2019
    5:11pm
    Only people I know who get the flu have had the flu shot.
    musicveg
    4th Apr 2019
    10:36pm
    The one thing I agree with you OG.
    Triss
    5th Apr 2019
    12:35am
    Yes, that's what I've found as well, OG.
    Old Geezer
    4th Apr 2019
    5:10pm
    NO
    musicveg
    4th Apr 2019
    10:36pm
    No way will I ever have the flu vaccine, waste of time injecting poison into your body, see these articles:
    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/shocking-lack-evidence-supporting-flu-vaccines
    and measles:
    http://www.ghostshipmedia.com/2019/03/31/measles-measles-everywhere/
    I prefer to build up my natural immunity with lots of fresh fruit and veggies, I have not even had a cold for years, too many to count. Years ago when young I used to get glandular fever and someone told me about giving up cheese which clogs your system. I gave up dairy all together and never had glandular fever again. Since being vegan I never even get a cold.
    Triss
    5th Apr 2019
    12:38am
    Yes, musicveg, I don't have a lot of trust in the ingregients in a vaccine nowadays.
    KSS
    5th Apr 2019
    10:46am
    I am vegetarian (not vegan) eat dairy and have not had a cold for decades. Your point disproven musicveg. Colds have nothing to do with dairy, it is caused by a virus.

    Likewise the flu vaccine. And the vaccine does not contain live virus so you absolutely cannot get flu from the vaccine. And Yes I do have the vaccine every year because I work with immuno-compromised people and I am very uncomfortable putting them at risk if I contract the flu virus myself.


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