Rampant flu season alert

AFTER predictions the 2024 flu season will be worse than ever, Cincotta Chemist Auburn pharmacist Mohamad Zogheib is encouraging residents to call in for their shot.

The latest respiratory surveillance report has revealed more than 4,700 people across the State have been diagnosed with the flu over the past four weeks, a 16 per cent increase compared with this time last year.
NSW hospitals have also had 480 admissions of people with influenza-like illness between January 6 and April 2024.
There were just 284 admissions in the same period in 2023.
The upcoming flu season is predicted to be just as bad, or worse, than 2023, with one-in-three people tipped to get a cold or influenza.
Chief health officer Kerry Chant said more young children were admitted to intensive care with life-threatening complications from the flu in 2023.
In order to prevent a repeat in 2024, she is reminding families to get their flu vaccine before the season ramps up.
“Influenza (flu) is serious, especially for people 65 years old and over, but your yearly flu vaccine offers the best protection from getting really sick,” Mohamad said.
“Getting a flu vaccine is quick, easy and free for people aged 65 and over so you can keep doing the things you love this winter.
“It is a very quick and easy process to visit us and we can also administer your Covid-19 vaccine at the same time if recommended.
“Just bring your Medicare Card, pop into our Auburn store to see our friendly team of pharmacists or call us on 9649 7900 for more details.”