Steep rise in NSW influenza activity

31 May 2019

NSW Health has declared an early start to the influenza season after detecting a steep rise in influenza activity. This comes on top of unusually high influenza activity over the summer and autumn months.

Over 15,000 influenza notifications have been received so far this year, including 5,013 in May. There have been 37 deaths reported in people with laboratory-confirmed influenza and 38 influenza outbreaks in aged care facilities.

NSW Health has urged GPs to continue vaccinating high-risk patients, including young children,  pregnant women, Aboriginal people, those with chronic medical conditions and all people aged 65 years and over (funded through National Immunisation Program).

Carers and household contacts of people in high-risk groups, including visitors of residential care facility residents, are also recommended to receive annual influenza vaccine (via private supply).

NSW Health also recommends that antiviral treatment should be considered for all patients with confirmed or suspected influenza at increased risk of complications. See full article here.

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