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Sneezin' season has people dazed

Pharmacist Jacqueline Henricks is helping Warwickites battle cold and flu this season.
Pharmacist Jacqueline Henricks is helping Warwickites battle cold and flu this season. Kerri Burns-Taylor

IF COLD and flu tablets and tissues have become your best friend over the past few weeks, you are not alone.

Flu season is in full swing at the moment but public health physician Dr Penny Hutchinson said there had not been any dramatic spike in flu cases this season.

"The flu season tends to peak around August-September and we are still seeing quite large numbers (of cases) at the moment," she said.

"But the flu season is pretty much following the trend it has in the past couple of years."

Dr Hutchinson said she expected the number of flu cases hitting the region to remain "reasonably high" during the remainder of this month, before dropping into September.

She said any small increase in flu cases could be attributed to the H3N2 strain of influenza, to which many people have not already developed immunity.

The H3N2 strain is included in the seasonal flu vaccine and Dr Hutchinson said it's not too late to vaccinate.

Warwick Friendly Society Pharmacy's pharmacist in charge Jacqueline Henricks said a large number of people have set off to the chemist in search of some reprieve from cold symptoms.

But she urged people to avoid the temptation to self-medicate without advice.

"It's important that people come into the pharmacy and find something that is right for them and won't interfere with other medications," she said.

 

FLU FACTS

In the week ending July 1, 34 cases of flu were diagnosed in the Darling Downs

Outside flu season, the average is one case a week

Topics:  flu season warwick



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