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Not too late to vaccinate against flu

AMA Victoria is urging Victorians to protect themselves amid a substantial rise in confirmed cases of Influenza.  
The peak doctors group is reminding people that simple steps can be taken to avoid the flu and that it is not too late to be vaccinated against the virus.
Despite suggestions that the vaccine does not offer full protection against the H3N2 strain of the virus, the current vaccine can still limit the severity of the disease says AMA Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis.
“It’s not too late to be immunised against the flu, even though experts tells us that H3N2 is proving quite resilient” said Dr Parnis, “I'd advise people to talk to their GP to see whether immunisation is appropriate”.
“The vaccine will still offer some protection from the flu virus and is a worthwhile measure, particularly for at risk groups”.
“Now that flu season is in full swing we’re seeing an increasing number of confirmed cases and we’re advising that people take measures to protect themselves”
Federal Government figures show a 33 per cent increase in instances of the virus compared with last year. 9000 cases of influenza had been confirmed by the end of last month.
Dr Parnis says it is important to remember that simple steps will help prevent the spread of the virus.
“If Victorians get vaccinated, wash their hands and stay home when sick, they can greatly reduce their chances of infection”.
“Washing your hands regularly with soap and water, protecting others by covering your mouth while coughing or sneezing, and disposing of used tissues appropriately are simple measures that make a difference in reducing flu transmission”.
“It is also important not to go to work or school if you are exhibiting symptoms. If people stay at home they’re much less likely to infect others.”
For more information please contact Struan Robertson on 0437 450 506

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