Flu epi­demic one of our worst ever

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAN­DERS are in the midst of one of the state’s worst ever flu sea­sons, with more than 3500 peo­ple struck down in the past week alone.

There were 10,831 peo­ple di­ag­nosed be­tween Jan­uary to last week, but by Thurs­day it had jumped by 3624 to 14,455.

Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick said it was the sec­ond high­est num­ber of re­ported flu no­ti­fi­ca­tions in the state’s his­tory.

“It’s a one- third in­crease in the to­tal flu num­bers in Queens­land this year,” he said yes­ter­day.

Royal Bris­bane and Women’s Hospi­tal emer­gency spe­cial­ist Dr David Rosen­gren said it had been a par­tic­u­larly bad flu sea­son.

“This year we are see­ing a sig­nif­i­cant spike,” he said.

Dr Rosen­gren said the prob­lem was not that the vac­cine wasn’t work­ing, it was the peo­ple who didn’t get the jab.

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