Director of Communicable Disease, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said while flu activity has
decreased or remained stable in most local health districts, we can’t become
effective precautions people can take are very simple things like staying at
home if they are sick, washing hands regularly and covering their coughs,” she
“It’s not too
late to vaccinate. The flu can affect people of all age groups, even those who
are fit and healthy.
displaying symptoms should also stay away from elderly friends and relatives,
particularly in aged care facilities where outbreaks continue to be reported.”
Surveillance Report shows 5,314 flu cases for
the week ending 11 August, down from 6,451 notifications the previous week, taking the yearly
total to 78,049.
“There have been 20 additional deaths reported this
week in people aged over 65 years, bringing the annual total to 147 deaths,” Dr
Almost 2.5 million doses of Government-funded flu
vaccines have been distributed across NSW, including over 200,000 doses for
children six months to three years and 1.18 million doses for people 65 years
The free vaccine is still available for eligible
people who have not yet had their shot.
Flu shots are 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.
The NSW Government continues a
strong investment on statewide immunisation programs including $2.6 million for
free flu shots to children up to five years of age and a $1.5 million
immunisation and influenza awareness campaign.
The NSW Government will invest
about $130 million in the 2019-20 Immunisation Program budget, including
Commonwealth and state vaccines.