Act now to minimise flu threat this winter

GYMPIE workplaces can minimise lost work days and doctor visits during this year's flu season.

St John Ambulance yesterday recommended all businesses be aware of infection control issues ahead of fears of the new strain of flu (known as Sydney 2012 or H3N2) due to hit our shores this winter.

In Australia, colds and flu cause about 1.5 million lost work days, 300,000 doctor visits and 18,000 hospitalisations a year. This costs businesses $7 billion in lost time and adds strain to the health system.

Assessing the cost in Gympie is not easy. Though about 40 flu cases presented to the Gympie Hospital's emergency department last winter, many more flu victims visited GPs or did not see a doctor at all.

Inquiries about St John's workplace infection control course phone 1300 360 455.

Gympie Times


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