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Winter Is Around The Corner

Day 59, Project 365 - 12.18.09


Which means flu season is on the way.

Influenza illness, or the flu, is caused by the influenza virus.  It generally comes on rapidly, with a high fever, chills, muscle aches, tiredness and a dry cough. These symptoms get worse over the first few days.

Most people tend to get better without medical assistance, but some people are at higher risk of dangerous complications including pregnant women, children, people over 65, and people with chronic diseases.

New reports suggest Australia is in for a particularly bad flu season, but it is too early to know for sure if this will definitely be the case.

Last year’s flu season was fairly mild with the season starting late, causing a moderate level of illness overall.

This was in contrast to  2017, which had an early start to the season, high activity in the eastern states, and over 1200 deaths. 

While it’s too early to assess the 2019 season, which is usually done after the flu season ends, GPs ar seeing more flu-like illness for this time of year than in previous years.

Hospital surveillance doesn’t usually start until the end of April, but emergency department presentations in the NT and NSW have been high.