Flu Season 2017

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This years flu season is hitting us hard. The cases of reported influenza are on the increase and we anticipate seeing more over the next couple of weeks.

Below is a link to some useful information from a government website.
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/flu-influenza

Also some information about incubation periods, taken from the website for Influenza Control Guidelines NSW on 7th September 2017.

Incubation Period of Influenza.

The incubation period for infection with influenza ranges from 1 to 7 days, commonly 2-3 days.

Infectious period.

Patients may shed influenza virus for up to 24 hours (1 day) before onset of symptoms and until 7 days after the onset of symptoms. Viral shedding in adults peaks in the first 1 to 2 days after symptom onset, then reduces to very low levels by 5 days after onset of symptoms. Not all cases of influenza infection exhibit fever, but when it is present, it is correlated with viral shedding.

Children and younger adults may shed influenza virus for 10 or more days, and immunosuppressed persons may shed virus for weeks. However, the ability to transmit infection is likely to be higher when respiratory symptoms are present.

Patients are considered no longer infectious if 24 hours have elapsed since the resolution of fever, provided either:

  • Have received 72 hours of anti-influenza medication or
  • 5 days have elapsed since onset of respiratory symptoms

  • Please read the information and consult a doctor if symptoms are severe.

    We also ask that you don a mask if you coming into the clinic for flu symptoms, as we see many immunocompromised people and want to reduce the chances of spreading this virus.

    Thank you for your consideration.