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Help fight the flu ahead of winter with a vaccination

[supplied by Darling Downs Health]

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Ash Taylor and Dr Liam Flynn. Image: supplied

Darling Downs residents are being encouraged to protect themselves against influenza.

The best way to avoid getting sick is to talk to your GP about receiving a flu vaccination.

For the year to date, 1 January to 16 April 2023, there have been 224 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in the Darling Downs Health region.

Director of Public Health and Community Medicine at Darling Downs Health Dr Liam Flynn said this was an increase in comparison to previous years, which is why it’s important to get the flu vaccine.

“Now is a great time to protect yourself and your loved ones, so you’re immunised before the flu season arrives,” Dr Flynn said.

“Flu season in Queensland typically peaks in August, so I’d encourage all members of our community to visit their GP or pharmacist and get the influenza jab soon.”

Influenza is a very contagious, viral infection that can affect the upper airways and lungs.

In addition to receiving the vaccination, there are also some simple steps that can be taken to help fight the flu.

These include washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you’re sick.

Some members of the community are more at risk from influenza and its complications, therefore are eligible to receive the vaccination for free under the National Immunisation Program.

These people include people 65 years and over, pregnant women, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over six months of age, children from six months to five years of age and people with certain medical conditions.

To find out where you can receive your flu vaccination talk to your local GP or pharmacist.

For more information about Darling Downs Health’s Tackle Flu program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, visit Darling Downs Health Tackle Flu Campaign Celebrates Twelfth Year with Free Flu Shots and Deadly Shirts.

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