Protect Yourself & Others From The Flu This Winter

DreamRyderX

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Source: The State Government of Victoria
Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection, spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. Young children often come into contact with, and spread viruses, including the influenza virus.

Ahead of the flu season, all early childhood education staff are encouraged to get their flu vaccination and can encourage parents to ensure their children are vaccinated too.

The flu kills more than 3,500 Australians each year. The flu is not like a cold: symptoms can last on average one to two weeks, with some people taking several weeks to recover.

People who work with children are often at an increased risk of vaccine-preventable diseases. They can also spread these diseases to children in their care, so it makes sense to protect yourself and others, by getting vaccinated.

Flu vaccinations save lives and when more people are vaccinated, fewer people become ill or suffer life-threatening complications from influenza.

Our children require special protection from the flu. Especially babies and toddlers because they are too young to know how to cover their coughs and sneezes. They need help to keep little faces and hands clean and to learn how to keep germs contained.

In Victoria, free influenza vaccination is available for children from six months to under five years of age.

To be fully protected this winter, children need the appropriate vaccine and doses for their age. Encourage parents to talk to their GP, local council immunisation service or community health clinic about when the influenza vaccine will be available.

And remember, everyone has the potential to spread flu to at-risk groups – the over 65s, pregnant women, children under five, people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin and anyone with a weakened immune system.

Everyone needs to prepare for the coming flu season. You never forget the flu – so don’t forget your flu shot.
Australian medical experts are predicting a more than usual deadly Australian FLU Season this year, & if they are correct it will kill more Australians than Covid has, & in a shorter period of time. Under normal conditions more than 3,500 Australians die of the FLU each & every year. Vaccinate, mask up everywhere, social distance, & avoid crowds.......
 
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DreamRyderX

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Yeah, dunno if the new vaccine is here yet.
I get my Flu shot religiously every year.....have for over 10 years.....The most up-to-date vaccine is out....I got my jab last week. If you're current with this one, you should be pretty secure against the latest strains, but nothing is fail-safe.....use the same protocols you have been for the Covid....masks everywhere, social-distancing, constant cleaning & hand disinfecting......& by all means, don't mingle!

Covid is more prevalent than before, & more people are being infected today because they are going back to pre-covid days.....no masks.....lax attitudes to the simple, but effective protocols......gathering closer to others is the worse, but because of the vaccine most.....not all......most have milder infections, still we have people dying.....most were not vaccinated up to date. I just got my second booster of Moderna 2 weeks ago....2 initial Astras jabs, then 2 Moderna boosters in total.

This is a new way of life.......these viruses are here to stay, & unless we stay vigilant, eventually one of them will get the better of us.

Stay safe....stay healthy.......good friends are hard to come by.
 

HBS Guy

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Pay to be a bit extra vigilant with hygiene—washing floors maybe a bit more regularly, not letting big piles of laundry build up—and diet, bit more raw fruit not just more vitamins but antioxidants, anthocyanins etc as well. Fruit juice only if all the pulp is added back to the juice else the juice just removes enamel from your teeth!
 

HBS Guy

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Hmmm will have to juice my oranges manually—my sisters have packed up the juicing attachment to the Kenwood bench mixer! No probs. Will only buy oranges when the navels are here, Valencia oranges are blah.
 

HBS Guy

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Hmmm oranges—wonder if I can grow a few trees of Seville and blood oranges in tassie? In their own greenhouse?
 

DreamRyderX

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Hmmm oranges—wonder if I can grow a few trees of Seville and blood oranges in tassie? In their own greenhouse?
If you can keep the temp consistently above 13⁰ C in the dead of winter, & above 32⁰C the rest of the year, you have a decent chance to grow healthy trees that bear fruit......keep in mind, besides always very warm, an average orange tree is about 5-7 meters tall, so your greenhouse will also need to be huge to house just a few trees.....

PS.......don't forget water....young trees need plenty of water when young, but when mature they can handle the dry much better.....
 
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HBS Guy

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I would buy dwarf trees, not feed them too much nitrogen. Just a thought. Not sure how an unheated greenhouse would do wherever I end up there. Not sure of economical ways of heating a greenhouse—filtered used chip oil or would that cause too much taint of rancid oil? Do have a book on greenhouses, earth sheltered, passive solar etc. 100 trees then berries to plant, greenhouse not top of priorities. But can dream, look to make possible.
 
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