Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Flu Jab Calls as Cases Skyrocket in Queensland

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Flu Jab Calls as Cases Skyrocket in Queensland

Article excerpt

QUEENSLAND'S 2017 flu season looks set to be dwarfed, with the rampant disease having already struck down 3242 people this year - almost 300 more than this time last year.

It's the busiest start to a year since 2008 with more than 36 people being diagnosed each day.

Between January 1 and April 1 in 2017 there were 2961 cases, with the year then going on to endure one of the worst influenza seasons on record.

For the same period between 2013-16, the average number of notifications was 1764. While Queensland Health has advised people in central and southern parts of the state to get the flu jab from the mid to end of April, Brisbane doctor Deb Mills from Dr Deb the Travel Doctor said people should get it now.

"Basically you can't tell when the flu is going to hit," she said.

"If you wait (to get the vaccine) it's a bit like Russian roulette."

Dr Mills, who has already received her vaccine, said Australia didn't know enough about influenza to be "fussy" about vaccination timing. …

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