Flu rates fall after busy season

Corangamite Clinic’s Dr Anne McGuane and Ellie De Jong are encouraging Colac and district people to continue to take precautions to avoid contracting the flu, despite flu statistics starting to fall after a horror season.

Colac and district has had six times more flu cases this year than last year, as a virulent strain swept the region.

There have been 115 reported flu cases in Colac Otway Shire from January 1 to September 29, compared with only 18 during the same period last year.

But this year’s cases in the Colac Otway region have not met 2017’s horror flu season which had 170 cases reported in the region.

New reported cases since last month were low with 12 new cases since August 10.

The Barwon south-west region has recorded 3213 flu cases from January 1 to September 29, which surpasses 2018’s records by a whopping 2878 cases and 2017’s cases by 758.

Corangamite Clinic manager Miffy Shelton said there had been a slight drop in flu cases at the clinic in August and September, but people should not be complacent about avoiding contracting the flu in the warmer months.

See today’s Colac Herald for more.

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