April 12, 2018

Hello again.

With the dreaded flu season almost upon us, disturbing reports via media tell us that this flu season may well be worse than last.

Queensland has seen more than 36 people struck down by influenza every day since the start of the year, threatening to eclipse last year's rampant outbreak, according to official statistics.

In 2017, more than 56,000 cases of influenza were diagnosed in Queensland, making it one of the state's worst seasons on record, with 2961 cases alone between January 1 and April 1.

But statistics show that this year, 3242 people have already been laid low by the bug, almost 300 more than this time last year, making it the busiest start to a year since 2008.

This bad news comes on the back of The World Health Organisation (WHO) advising that a deadly flu strain the killer influenza B bug, dubbed the Brisbane virus, originating in the Queensland capital, is one of the most dangerous in the world. This infection claimed the lives of 1100 Australians in 2017.

As a company that promotes hygiene and healthy living, Germ Free Bioscience takes this opportunity to advise our website visitors that this year, the Brisbane strain has been included in the flu vaccine along with three others.  It's the first time the vaccine will protect against four strains of Influenza instead of three.

According to doctors, it will give most people about 70-75 percent immunity in the population so about three-quarters of people who have the vaccination will be protected from the flu. We encourage you all to visit your GP for further advice. Please take the time to view this link for more information:

https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/04/11/07/10/brisbane-flu-worst-in-the-world-who-vaccinations-list

Yes, Germ Free Bioscience is a business. However, sometimes we need to step back and remember that we are firstly a community and looking after our loved ones and each other is far more important than selling products and services.

Thanks for reading and take care.

Tom Lowther