Australia: Skyrocketing flu numbers have already passed the 2018 total

24 Apr, 2019
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Influenza number continue to soar, putting South Australia on a steep trajectory for potentially its worst year on record.

Latest figures from SA Health show that up to April 18 there had been 7414 confirmed cases of the flu, even as the warm weather lingers well into autumn, which is already more than the total of 5928 cases for all of last year.

The grim toll of the dangerous contagious viral infection is now almost seven times the amount at the same time in 2017 – by far the worst year in modern records when a total of 28,486 cases eventually were recorded.

Free flu vaccinations for children under five have been brought forward and free shots for people over 65 are being distributed as health officials move to deal with the challenge.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 10:10 am and is filed under Latest News.

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