A Queensland mother has died from the flu, causing medical experts to ramp up their pleas to get vaccinated.
35-year-old Jacinta Foulds was diagnosed with influenza A last week before catching a second infection and pneumonia. The mother of three died on Wednesday morning at Toowoomba hospital.
Daniel Foulds, Jacinta’s husband, took to Facebook to announce her death.
“She fought hard all the way to the end, as expected from the Jacinta we all know,” he wrote.
“I’m really struggling and am trying to hold it together for my three kids. Jacinta Foulds, taken too soon and forever in my heart and soul, RIP my true love.”
Queensland have reported 37,000 cases of the flu just this year with Foulds’ being the 84th person to die.
Health experts have used Foulds’ death to serve as another reminder for the community to get vaccinated.
Darling Downs Health boss Dr Martin Byrne told 7NEWS, that there is still time for people to get their flu shots.
“Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick,” he said.
According to the Victoria’s health department data, Victorian flu cases were 12 times higher last Friday than they were at the same time last year.
The country’s flu epidemic has also had an effect on blood donations.
Stock for the rare blood type O negative has reached an all time low, with the Australian Red Cross calling for help.
One in 10 Australians have O negative blood which requires 5000 O negative donations in two weeks according to Australian Red Cross spokeswoman Helen Walsh.
“We’re asking people to talk to their family and encourage them to donate,” Walsh told news.com.au