Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Flu hitting children and women hardest

Rebecca Papprill   all articles by this author
ALMOST 21,000 confirmed cases of influenza have hit Australia so far this year, with experts warning children and women are being hit the hardest.
As of 11 August, there have been 20,979 cases of laboratory confirmed influenza reported, according to the Department of Health and Ageing Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates. That's almost double the number of cases at this time last year, the Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) said. 

Chairman Dr Alan Hampson said the dominant strain was H1N1.

About 25% more women than men have been struck down with flu, with more than 8259 confirmed cases among people aged 20–49. The ISG said around 20–50% of children are likely to contract the flu each season, compared with 10–30% of adults.

The majority of notifications have been in Queensland with 5959 cases. NSW has had 5375 cases, Victoria 2473, SA 1797, WA 1722, NT 331, Act 284 and Tasmania has had 197 people test positive for flu.

Australians are encouraged to take up the 2014 vaccine, which targets the pandemic strain H1N1 and also covers the Texas A H3N2 and B Massachusetts strains.

"Vaccination is the single best protection," Dr Hampson said.

"With vaccination, you are protecting yourself and those around you from serious illness.

"But don't put it off. The window is rapidly closing because your body needs time to respond to the vaccine."

He added that September is often the peak time for influenza.

Last year there were 28,327 confirmed cases of influenza. Dr Hampson said it is estimated that about 15% were H1N1 cases and many of these occurred late in the season. “Probably foreshadowing what was coming for this year,” he said.

In 2012 there were 44,571 confirmed cases, 1% of which were H1N1.

The ISG estimates that up to one third of the Australian population, many in the younger age groups, could face an increased risk of severe complications should they contract influenza this season, yet only 30–40% of people in this group are immunised.

Inaugural and 1st Academic Conference of the Specialty Committee of Diagnostics of TCM of WFCMS in 2014(Hunan Changsha)

2014年世界中医药学会联合会中医诊断专业委员会成立大会第一届学术年会。









Binbin joined the conference in June 2014(acupuncture needling techniques ) 2014 针刺手法传承挂牌及学习



中医针灸,作为世界非物质文化的遗产在中国不断的传承,我有幸参加了传承基地的挂牌仪式,并且作为一名针刺手法的传承人,希望能把针刺手法在澳洲不断的继承,发展并且创新。希望通过我的努力,给更多的澳洲人带来好处。


会上,遇到了中国中医科学院 刘保延 副院长(China Academy of Chinese medicine Sciences),并亲切合影。

 我们作为世界文化遗产针刺手法类代表性传承人,很荣幸得到了张缙教授的亲传。名师一句话,有“明乎若见苍天”的享受。感谢张缙教授。


 我与张缙(Professor Zhang Jin)教授的合影。非常珍贵。

我与张缙教授和张庆斌教授的合影。


我与 程氏针灸代表性传承人 程凯  合影