Canberra and its people have been put on an alert of a flu outbreak by Canberra’s top doctors as a big hike has been noticed recently by the professionals in the number of the affected cases.
Following the findings, doctors and health authorities in the region are urging people to take best precautions and care to avoid getting into affect of influenza.
Illness notifications have put the state in acute tensions. Statements from the ACT Health Directorate have revealed about 72 laboratory confirmed cases so far this year, the level of the last year. Out of the reported number, more than half of the notifications have occurred recently since the start of last month, which have raised the concerns of professionals and experts a lot.
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr. Paul Kelly has issued flu warnings revealing the fact of the big number of people in the region, who have started suffering some severe respiratory complications for which they have been admitted to Canberra's hospitals.
"Free vaccine is still available from general practitioners for people over the age of 65, pregnant women, and anyone over six months of age which predispose them to complications from influenza", he said.
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