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Queenslanders urged to be vigilant after spike in marine stings

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is urging Queensland holiday-makers to take extra precautions when swimming at the state's beaches. 

The Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has flown to Fraser Island three times this week, to aid patients with suspected Irukandji jellyfish stings. 

The most recent mission to the popular destination, was this afternoon, shortly after 1 o'clock.

It's believed a boy was in waters on the western side of the island, when he was stung. 

The primary school-aged child was stabilised, before being flown to Hervey Bay Hospital for further treatment. 

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Chief Medical Officer, Dr Allan Mackillop, said before heading to the beach, people should educate themselves about what to do, if they're stung.

"Always have vinegar on you. The use of vinegar, applied to the impacted area and then gently remove the tentacles once the vinegar has been applied," Dr Mackillop said.