A FLU vaccination mightn't protect you from catching coronavirus but it certainly helps, clinical nurse consultant Carol McKelvie says.
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Globally more than 111,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 3800 have died, most of them have been in China.
In NSW, an additional eight cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed as at 7am on Tuesday, March 10 bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 55. None have occurred in Western NSW.
Ms McKelvie, a clinical nurse consultant in the Western NSW Local Health District, said the approaching flu season was a major concern for health authorities.
"If we can protect [people] from the flu we'll be healthier facing COVID-19," she said.
Ms McKelvie said the flu vaccine helps protect your immune system and this in turn makes people less vulnerable to the coronavirus.
"It'll help protect us from the COVID-19 situation as it develops," she said.
The flu vaccination will be available from April and is free for the following groups:
The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and breathing difficulties. If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national hotline: 1800 020 080
The new coronavirus cases in NSW are:
NSW Health said it would continue to find and respond to cases as they are diagnosed to slow any spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government won't look at further cuts to essential services such as schools, hospitals and the NDIS as it deals with the economic impact of the health crisis.
While Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan told Nine's Today program that school closures could "become the norm".
Advice from NSW Health
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