Horror flu season sees cases rocket

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A five-year comparison of flu seasons.
Camera IconA five-year comparison of flu seasons. Credit: Department of Health

The number of flu cases in the Great Southern has jumped 1500 per cent this year in a “horror flu season”.

With the season hitting early and strong, there have been 407 more flu cases in the region this year compared to last.

WA Country Health Service population health director Sandra Crowe said there had been a dramatic rise.

“The region has seen a total of 434 lab-confirmed cases of influenza so far this year,” she said on Friday.

“This is in comparison to 27 for the same period of time the year before.”

A Department of Health spokeswoman said uptake of the flu vaccine had been high, with 756,000 people vaccinated in WA.

“The influenza season in WA has hit early,” the spokeswoman said. “

The peak influenza season in WA is generally between July and September each year.

“The department cannot predict if these numbers will remain high for the duration of the usual season or if we have seen an early peak and that they’ll subside.

“What we can say is that the influenza strains circulating this year are not different to previous years, we are just seeing higher infection rates.”

Ms Crowe said jabs were still available.

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