IF YOU haven’t noticed already, it’s winter, and with the cold comes the flu and doctors are urging people to vaccinate in what’s shaping up to be a far reaching flu season.
In Victoria, 1000 cases have already been reported this year, up 30 per cent from the 700 at the same time last year, with 9000 cases nationally.
Loren Draught, infection controller coordinator at Portland District Health said more people are presenting with flu-like symptoms this year at the hospital, but the strain doesn’t appear to be as powerful as other seasons.
“Because it’s milder this year, people might be identified as having flu symptoms, but not be diagnosed with the flu,” Mrs Drought said.
This means more people are battling through the infection instead of staying home taking care of themselves, she said, which means the virus will spread quicker and easier.
“More people have it, but it’s not as severe so they’re out and about transferring it, so it’s good and bad at the same time,” she said.
Read more in Friday’s ediiton of the Portland Observer.