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Influenza On The Rise in NSW

by | Jul 9, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

Influenza activity is at a high level and continues to increase in NSW, with the number of presentations to emergency departments increasing and the number of influenza notifications also increasing following the release of the latest NSW Respiratory Surveillance report.

At week ending 29th of June, test positivity for influenza, which is a key indicator of activity, had increased to 24%.

COVID-19 activity remains at high levels but is starting to decline while RSV activity has reduced to moderate levels.

Whooping Cough and pneumonia continue to be unseasonably high in school aged children.

NSW Health advise it’s not too late – get your influenza vaccination now. Those considered to be at higher risk of severe illness from influenza who are eligible for free vaccine include:

– people aged 65 and over

– children aged six months to under five years

– Aboriginal people from six months of age

– pregnant women

those with serious health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, severe asthma, kidney, heart, and lung disease.

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