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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said the rate of influenza presentations to GPs had more than doubled over recent weeks. Perth’s emergency departments had also seen a spike in flu cases.
“There is no better time to remember standard cough and cold courtesies. Certainly, besides the flu vaccination, this will be your strongest defence,” Dr Choong said.
“People need to take every precaution to prevent the spread of flu, definitely for themselves and for the sake of the community.”
Good health tips:
Dr Choong advised people who have contracted influenza to keep their fluid intake up, take regular paracetamol and visit their GPs if they feel their symptoms are deteriorating.
He added that certain high-risk groups within the community needed to be particularly cautious: “People with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, heart disease and diabetes need to take extra precautions during flu season.”
The influenza vaccine is available free to: