/ 07 July 2023

An urgent request to roll up our sleeves

Image source: iStock
Image source: iStock

And specifically, health authorities are urging parents/carers to get their children vaccinated for influenza with parts of the country experiencing a shocking season. NSW kids are bearing the brunt of it – the state’s chief health officer Kerry Chant says the under-16yos are making up 40% of all hospital admissions for influenza and 12 kids have ended up in intensive care since May. Flu complications for young people can include serious heart, brain and muscle-related issues, and while flu vaccinations are free for children aged 6 months to 5yo, 22% have had the jab this year. Dr Chant has set an end of school holidays challenge to get the tin lids sorted so there’s coverage in Term 3. And there is some good news for youngsters – while COVID is still lurking, it’s not making kids as sick as the flu. Praise be…

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