A shocking start to the year for flu cases in FNQ.

Our hospital is heaving.


17 April 2019

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Health staff at Cairns Hospital say it's one of the worst flu seasons we've ever seen. 

More than 1300 confirmed labratory cases of influenza has been confirmed since January. 

This is five times higher than the average number for this time of year according to Director of Tropical Public Health Services, Doctor Richard Gair. 

There's been more than 6780 presentations to the ED in March, which is up by more than 9 percent on last month. 

We're being urged to get a flu shot and make sure we're washing our hands, covering a cough with a tissue and staying home so we don't spread the flu. 

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