Flu infections soaring across Colac district

Corangamite Clinic nurse Karen Marsh, practice manager Miffy Shelton and clinic doctor Fiona Ahlberg are promoting the importance of the flu vaccine to patients. The Colac Otway region has recorded 26 new flu cases in the past month.

Flu cases in the Colac Otway region this year are eight times worse than this time last year.

The Colac Otway region has recorded almost 30 new cases of influenza in the past month.

There have been 26 reports of new flu cases since May 17, with 46 reports since January 1 – compared with just five recorded cases over the same period in 2018.

Victorian Health Department figures show Victorian flu cases are above expected levels for this time of the year and are tracking higher than cases for the same time in 2018.

Health Department figures show there have been 19,110 reported flu cases in Victoria this year, which has already surpassed last year’s state total of 11,607.

The department says weekly notifications of influenza since April are trending upwards.

Greater Geelong has recorded 742 flu cases since January 1 and the Barwon south-west region has recorded 1276 flu cases so far this year.

Colac’s Corangamite Clinic practice manager Miffy Shelton said this year’s flu season had been unpredictable and was similar to 2017’s horror flu season.

She said the clinic promoted the flu vaccine and the supply had been sufficient this year, with more supply coming into the clinic soon.

See today’s Colac Herald for more.

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