NT Health reports over a thousand cases of the flu have already been recorded in the territory – a large proportion of these are in Central Australia.

Compared to common colds, flu usually feels worse and is more likely to have symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, a dry cough, sore throat, and headaches. Flu can also sometimes cause sudden fatigue and eye and joint pain. Severe symptoms like difficulty breathing require urgent medical attention.

Flu can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in children, and help should be sought immediately if children become very irritable, have fever with a rash, bluish skin, or difficulty breathing. Another severe symptom that requires immediate attention is difficulty waking. Babies with flu may have fewer wet nappies when usual, trouble breathing, and no tears when crying.

At any age, you should see a doctor if you seem to get better and then get sick again with a worse cough. (courtesy of NewScientist)

Living conditions and crowded housing increases the chance of the Aboriginal population catching the flu!

Our understanding of Covid has really changed our approach to vaccination and our understanding  of  infectious diseases.I think everybody’s  understanding has increased greatly and the Aboriginal population did very well with the Covid vaccination. Dr Belinda Greenwood-Smith.

Dr Belinda Greenwood-Smith. CDC Alice Springs caamapwphoto