Flu season peaks with spike in cases

QUEENSLAND Health has warned higher-than-usual levels of influenza cases so far this year had made vaccination vital for vulnerable residents.

QH chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said it was important for people in groups considered most at risk, including pregnant women, people aged 65 years and older, indigenous people over 15 and those at risk due to medical conditions.

“Influenza is a highly contagious and potentially serious disease that can be spread through coughing and sneezing,” she said.

Despite a spike in cases reported across Central Queensland, Emerald doctor Mike Bellonogoff said he had not witnessed a major increase in influenza patients. He said patients were presenting with a normal range of winter ailments such as bronchitis and a persistent cough.


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