Infectious diseases in the shire are investigated by our Environmental Health Unit. This includes:
- disease that can be prevented by vaccines
- food poisoning
- other diseases.
For advice concerning particular diseases, go to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) website, disease information and advice.
One of the most common, vaccine preventable illness is seasonal influenza, or the flu. Its symptoms include:
- sudden fever
- muscle aches and pains
- sore throat
- stuffy or runny nose.
The virus can cause a mild or severe illness depending on the type of virus and the age and general health of the affected person.
When you catch the flu it may take three days to show any symptoms, which may last up to a week.
Preventing the flu
You can ask your doctor to immunise you against the flu. As the virus changes frequently, you will need to get vaccinated every year to maintain your immunity. The vaccine is generally available from May each year.
You can also attend one of council’s regular immunisation sessions. The flu vaccine is free for people aged 65 and over and other at risk groups. There is a fee for anyone else being immunised
Good hygiene habits can greatly reduce the chance that you will get the flu or pass it on to others. You should always cough and sneeze into a tissue and wash your hands afterwards. If you have the flu, avoid public places and close contact with others, especially children.
For more information view the Department of Health and Human Services information sheet.