Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

20 people have now died from the flu in IN this season

20 people have now died from the flu in IN this season

VideoAuthorities are urging vaccinations after more than 6,000 Australians were diagnosed with the flu in December.

Earlier this month, Queensland health authorities issued an alert because of a surge in summer flu cases - a warning they said was for all Australians because flu cases were being spread as many people travelled on holidays.

These numbers are similar to the comparable period from previous year, when there were 1,289 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza and 297 hospitalizations.

It said Global Positioning System were also reporting an increase in flu-like illnesses at their surgeries and PathWest was seeing more confirmed flu cases.

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Over half of the cases reported to date were under the age of 45, with three confirmed influenza outbreaks. There were 35 flu-related deaths.

For the same time period in the 2017-18 flu season, there were 130 deaths. "So all I can say right now is we're pretty much aligned with what we were seeing previous year". Flu season officially began last October 1st and it typically runs through March 31st.

Christiana Care and Bayhealth recently implemented visitation restrictions at their hospitals to protect patients from the flu.

Flu vaccines take up to two weeks to become fully effective, so state officials encourage anyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot to get one as soon as possible.

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