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Doctors Continue Warning of the Flu

cation flu season

Doctors are continuing to encourage locals to get the flu shot ahead of winter with the 2019 flu season shaping up to be a bad a year. 

At a minimum, most people who have encountered the flu have been and will be unwell for at least a week and are advised not to go to work or school to avoid the spread.

MedicineWise medical adviser and general practitioner Dr Jill Thistlethwaite says “The flu is a serious disease that for some people can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia, heart damage, brain damage and even death.”

Ways you can help stop the spread of the flu includes staying home if you are unwell and maintaining personal hygiene, especially by washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, wearing gloves and wearing disposable face masks.