At-risk and pregnant urged to get flu vaccine

Centre for Health Protection director Dr Jeremy McAnulty, said NSW Health was encouraging pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions in particular to get vaccinated now.

“The new strain of flu is a type of influenza [H3N2] which looks likely to replace the pandemic flu that emerged in 2009 as the dominant virus strain. This may mean that people in older age groups, some of whom had some natural protection against the pandemic strain, may be at greater risk,” Dr McAnulty said.

Already they were seeing a rise in activity related to this new strain, he said.

Dr McAnulty said