The Northern NSW Local Health District is calling for people to take precautions over the holiday period to avoid the spread of flu, which has spiked in the area this month.
Of the 771 confirmed influenza cases in the local health district so far this year, 130 have been in the past four weeks.
North Coast Public Health Unit director Paul Corben said that while the total number of cases is ‘well below the 2,820 cases reported in the same period in 2017, the 130 cases reported in the last four weeks is well above the average for this time of year’.
‘Frequent hand washing is one of the best lines of defence against flu, together with annual vaccination,’ he said.
‘We encourage parents to take up the offer of the free vaccine for children under five, as children in this age group are particularly vulnerable to influenza,’ Mr Corben added.
How you can fight the spread of flu
- Get a flu vaccination annually
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow
- Clean your hands
- Stay home when sick.
The flu vaccine is free for pregnant women, children up to five years of age and people over 65 years of age, Aboriginal people and those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart problems.