Influenza: Everything You Need to Know This Flu Season

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After two years of historically low rates of influenza in Australia - primarily due to public health measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic - there has been a resurgence in influenza cases for the first time since 2019. Why is this happening, and how can you best protect yourself this flu season?

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Influenza (known colloquially as ‘the flu’) is a highly contagious, viral respiratory infection. Due to being highly transmissible, influenza often causes seasonal, widespread illness. In Australia, flu season typically lasts from April until September. The symptoms of influenza can range from mild to serious illness with potentially life-threatening complications such as pneumonia, and can even result in death - even in people who are otherwise healthy.

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Elenore Quebral
29 May 2022
Concise but very informative especially this covid time
Kap Koak
30 May 2022
Knowledge is the power and enforce my confidence when I come across to this similar situation, so I can deal with it in a calm and confident manner.
S currie
29 May 2022
Enrolled Nurse
to be able to understand why it is important not to spread the flu and how many death can occur with the flu
Katrina Magno
26 May 2022
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13 Jun 2022
Venus Fortaleza
27 May 2022
Very helpful
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Mary Walker
27 May 2022
Registered Nurse
This module is a good concise overview of influenza and very relevant to all areas in nursing.
Debra Hamill
29 May 2022
I found this article informative especially in the current climate.
Siboniso Moyo
30 Jun 2022
A very informative refresher
Louise Munro
29 May 2022
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