3 April, 2018 –
We saw more than 56,000 laboratory confirmed cases across Queensland, an increase from 23,000 the previous year.
To help fight influenza, the Queensland Government has rolled out point-of-care testing in numerous hospitals across the state.
This testing is part of our $1.3 million investment in new tools to help us manage flu outbreaks more effectively.
The testing is very efficient in confirming or ruling out flu in patients and enables hospitals to manage demand and prioritise patients, so those who require the most urgent care are receiving it.
Should I get a flu vaccine every year?
Annual vaccination is the most effective way of protecting against influenza and its complications, and is recommended for any person over 6 months of age.
To prevent the spread of influenza:
- Get a flu vaccination each year ahead of the flu season
- Practise hand hygiene and cough etiquette
- If unwell, stay at home – this reduces the spread of flu in the workplace / schools / childcare centres.