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Influenza (flu)

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Influenza or 'the flu' is a highly contagious disease caused by infection from influenza type A or B (or rarely C) virus. These viruses infect the upper airways and lungs. The flu is highly contagious and occurs year round but peaks each year from May to September. Flu is not the same as a common cold, and can be a serious illness. For some people, such as the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, the flu can cause serious complications which require hospitalisation. It can sometimes lead to death. Flu is usually spread through infected people coughing and sneezing, which temporarily contaminates the surrounding air and surfaces with infected droplets. You can reduce the risk of infection by getting vaccinated and practising good hand and respiratory hygiene. Occasionally there have been worldwide outbreaks of flu, known as flu pandemics, which have occurred with the global spread of a new type of flu virus.

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Enhanced surveillance for public health units

  • Case report form (PDF, 504kB) - used by public health units to collect and manage more detailed information for enhanced case surveillance.
  • Institutional influenza outbreak summary form (PDF, 402kB) – used by public health units to collect and manage more detailed information for enhanced case surveillance.

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Immunisation

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Last updated: 5/08/2016 4:22:25 PM