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Wimmera Health Care Group is asking the community to avoid visiting Wimmera Nursing Home as there have been several cases on influenza identified.

Director of residential services Maree Woodhouse, said several people had contracted influenza and the health service was taking steps to isolate the outbreak.

“In an effort to reduce the spread of infection, we are discouraging visitors from attending the nursing home at this time,” Ms Woodhouse said.

“The infection control, environmental services and supply teams have stepped in to assist the hard working and committed team at the Wimmera Nursing Home control the outbreak.”

Ms Woodhouse said the cases were a reminder about the seriousness of influenza and the benefits of vaccination.

“Most people who are generally healthy won’t need to see their doctor for the flu. Their immune system will fight the virus and their symptoms will usually clear up on their own,” she said.

“Vulnerable people, such as the aged, very young and immune compromised can be severely affected which is why take these precautions. If you think you have the flu, try to rest, maintain a good fluid intake, and manage your symptoms. This will help you recover and prevent dehydration.

“Common influenza symptoms include a sudden high fever, dry cough, body aches and feeling weak and tired.”

People should however seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • difficulty breathing
  • chest pain
  • sudden dizziness
  • confusion
  • severe vomiting
  • fever with a rash.

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