With flu cases still on the rise, people are reminded that simple hygiene
such as regularly washing hands will help stop the spread of the potentially
Dr Vicky Sheppeard, NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases, said while
the flu vaccine is still the best protection, simple hand hygiene is also important.
“Basic hygiene can help prevent flu and other infections spreading in the
community, so it’s really important to cover your coughs and sneezes, and wash
your hands regularly,” Dr Sheppeard said.
“If you are unwell with the flu, stay at home and minimise contact with
other people if possible, especially those who are particularly vulnerable,
such as young children and the elderly. Avoid visiting aged care facilities and
child care centres until you have recovered.
“It’s also not too late to vaccinate and we’re encouraging everyone,
particularly pregnant women and parents of young children, to arrange flu shots
for themselves and their children as soon as possible.”
Dr Sheppeard said NSW Health is working hard to stop the spread of the
flu but members of the community can
also make a difference.
“Just using soap and water to wash your hands regularly or an
alcohol-based antibacterial hand gel is a very effective way of killing germs
that could be passed on or ingested.”
The latest weekly Influenza Surveillance Report shows 2969 flu cases for
the week ending 9 June, up from 2382 notifications the previous week and 49
The NSW Government is spending a
record $22.75 million on statewide immunisation programs which will assist with
flu prevention this season. This includes $2.6 million for free flu shots to
children up to five years of age and a $1.5 million immunisation and influenza
The NSW Government has invested about $130 million in the 2018-19
Immunisation Program budget, including Commonwealth and state vaccines.
Flu shots are also
free under the National Immunisation Program for pregnant women, people over 65
years of age, Aboriginal people and those with medical conditions such as
asthma, diabetes and heart problems.