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“One of the minor pleasures in life is to be slightly ill.” Harold Nicholson

Rise in flu death toll

Rise in flu death toll

“One of the minor pleasures in life is to be slightly ill.” Harold Nicholson

Rise in flu death toll

Several cases of the flu have been reported across our region with health professionals across the state alarmed at the number of cases confirmed to date.

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The total death toll across the nation so far for 2019 is at 63, which is already 6 more deaths than the whole of last year.

Of this, 26 deaths are from victoria - 23 of those having been in aged care facilities and 3 of those children aged 11, 9 and 3.

Locals are warned to get the flu shot immediately if they haven't as yet and to stay away from people if you are unwell says Victoria's Acting Chief Health officer Angie Bone.

"We are encouraged to take action to protect ourselves including hand Hygiene, keeping away from people when we are unwell....keeping away from people that are particularly vulnerable - those with respiratory conditions and the young," she said.

Ms Bone furthers asks that you should rest, have plenty of fluids, and above all don't go to work or school if sick to protect others, and if you haven't had a flu shot book in now.

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