Elderly people are being advised to seek protection from the flu, after several cases were identified across aged care facilities.
Victoria's chief health officer Rosemary Lester emphasised that it is still not too late to have a flu vaccination.
Over the past few weeks, Dr Lester revealed that residential care facilities have not only seen flu outbreaks, but also the spread of respiratory problems.
So far this year, in excess of 10,000 cases of influenza have been reported, with 1,357 of these identified in Victoria alone – 638 more than the same time last year.
It is not only residents of these care facilities that need to be protected, but also the staff who work in them as the condition can pass quite rapidly from person to person.
Simple measures to prevent contamination include hand hygiene and exercising proper respiratory and cough etiquette.
One advantage of private health cover is that if you do find yourself suffering from a severe case of the flu then you can select which hospital you want to be treated in – as well as facing reduced waiting times.