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Influenza: Authorities urge territories to vaccinate among “spikes” in H1N1 virus cases

UpdatedNovember 22, 2018, 17:32:29 Image:The authorities urge residents to vaccinate against the H1 N1 virus or swine flu (Damien Larkins:…


November 22, 2018, 17:32:29

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The authorities urge residents to vaccinate against the H1

N1 virus or swine flu (Damien Larkins: ABC News)

Up to 80 confirmed influenza viruses – once called the swine flu virus – have been reported on Top End

Main points:

  • H1N1- virus spik was reported over Top End since early November
  • About 45 cases reported last week, with some patients in hospitals
  • Outbreaks “odd” for November, say the authorities, as they encourage residents to vaccinate

The virus has come in one remote community in the Daly River region, southwest of Darwin, and in the capital confirmed the Northern Territory Center for Disease Control.

In 2009, an outbreak of H1N1 swine fever virus World Health Organization (WHO) called for a global pandemic with the worldly death rate estimated to be in thous ands.

On the other hand, the Disease Monitoring Manager Peter Markey ABC Radio Darwin supervised the new outbreak was another strain.

“The swine flu from 2009 has been driving over the years,” he said.

“This is it, but it has been running, so it’s not the actual same virus that was around 2009.”

The Ministry of Health said the virus subtype was now called seasonal influenza.

Dr Markey said around dozen patients from remote communities had been taken to Darwin for treatment, and a number had been hospitalized because of the virus.

“Since the beginning of the month there have been about 80 [confirmed cases]”, he said. 19659017] “In the past week we had 45 or so, so it’s quite a lot for a week.”

The virus causes high fever, runny nose, headache, severe muscle and joint pain, cough, throat and gastrointestinal upset.

“These symptoms are likely to persist for several days and people end up in bed for several days lacking work or can not enjoy their vacation,” said a spokesman from the Ministry of Health.

“Odd” outbreak for November

Influenza risk remains normal during the summer months and rises to moderate or high risk at the peak of the flu season, between May and October.

Dr Markey said it had been a while since the Northern Territory registered an H1N1 virus spike.

“What’s unusual about this is November, it’s not usually time to get a flu season,” he said.

“So it’s quite strange … It’s early days, but it seems that it’s going to be a real flu season.”

The authorities now call on the wider society to ensure their vaccinations are up to date.

“Together with good hygiene, vaccination is the best way to prevent you from getting sick,” says health minister. “

“Getting vaccinated also helps society by vaccinating more people, there is less risk of spread to others who may suffer from more serious problems from contracting the flu.”

Those entitled to it The free vaccination vaccine from 2018 includes pregnant women, Aboriginal children under five years, and Aboriginal people over 15 years, all with chronic health and any age over 65 years.

“The vaccine takes a couple of weeks to work properly, but it is still worth having the vaccine unless you are vaccinated,” said Dr Markey. “The good news is that there is still flu vaccine around.”

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