Longest flu season in NSW since the 2009

16 September 2019

 

In what is turning out to be the State’s longest flu season since the 2009 influenza pandemic, the end of winter has coincided with a dip in influenza activity across most of NSW.

“Despite the good news, we urge people not to becomplacentsaid NSW Health’s Executive Director of Health Protection, Dr Jeremy McAnulty. “For those who haven’t had a flu jab, vaccination is still an option.”

Statistics 

The latest weekly report shows 5,417 flu cases for the week ending 1 September, down from 6,240 notifications the previous week in NSW.

There have been 14 additional deaths reported this week in people aged over 50 years, bringing the annual total to 202 confirmed deaths from influenza in NSW, compared to 40 in all of 2018.

Who is eligible for free flu vaccines?

Around 2.5 million doses of Government-funded flu vaccines have been distributed across NSW, and eligible people who have not yet had their shot can still get it for free.

People aged 65 and over, pregnant women, Aboriginal people and people with medical conditions that put them at greater risk of flu are all eligible under the National Immunisation Program. The free state-funded vaccine is available to all children aged six months to five years.

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