Health is urging those yet to have their flu shot to do so now, with the latest
weekly tally of confirmed flu cases showing the flu season has not yet arrived.
Dr Jeremy McAnulty, Director Health Protection NSW
Health, said the latest Influenza
Surveillance Weekly Report shows
confirmed flu cases for the week ending 10 June, around a quarter of the 404
cases this time last year, and lower than last week’s tally of 80.
is still no indication the flu season is starting, with the number of flu cases
continuing to fall through June,” Dr McAnulty said.
is your best defence against flu so if you’re yet to have your flu shot call
ahead to your GP to check they have the right vaccine for you.
important to maintain healthy hygiene habits – coughing and sneezing into your
elbow, washing hands regularly and saying home when sick – to prevent the
spread of flu and other viruses.”
NSW Government is spending a record $22.75 million on state-wide immunisation
programs in 2017-18. This includes $3.5 million for free flu shots to children
up to five years of age and a $1.75 million immunisation and influenza
NSW Health will continue to closely monitor flu case
numbers and will issue an Influenza Surveillance Weekly Report every
Friday to keep the community up to date on influenza activity.
Influenza Surveillance Weekly Report can be
viewed on the NSW Health website.