Declared the worst ever flu season to hit Australia, the country has been gripped by a flu outbreak which has left over 70,000 people ill. 3 elderly care home residents in Melbourne are the latest victims of flu this year.
Experts have pointed to low immunisation rates amongst children as the reason for the scale of the outbreak and advised the un-vaccinated to get a flu jab as quickly as possible.
Fewer than 10% of children are vaccinated, and therefore those not immunised become ‘super-spreaders’, infecting those close to them and the wider community.
Flu vaccines are not part of the national immunisation programme in Australia. Flu affects those with weakened immune systems such as the elderly and the very young.
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