De­cline in flu deaths in 2018

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

THE flu killed far fewer Aus­tralians in 2018 than it did last year, as the num­ber of cases of the in­fec­tion re­ported fell dra­mat­i­cally.

The de­cline is a timely re­minder that vac­ci­na­tions work, fed­eral Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt said.

There were 73 deaths from in­fluenza in the lat­est sea­son, which peaked in early Septem­ber. That com­pared to 1137 deaths from the res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness in 2017, the worst sea­son in al­most a decade.

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