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Queensland flu season is officially past its peak

Following a second consecutive decrease in weekly flu numbers, the state's flu season is now officially past its peak.

The latest reporting week for Queensland's flu figures (28 August – 3 September) recorded 4,403 new confirmed cases of influenza.

This compares with 2017's peak week from August 14 – 20, when the unadjusted number of new notified cases reached 4,749.

The year-to-date number of new notified cases of the flu climbed to 35,296 which compares with the whole-of-year figures for 2016 and 2015 which were 23,285 and 28,059 respectively.

Latest influenza numbers

  • So far this year, there have been 35,296 flu notifications
  • There were 4,403 new confirmed flu cases in the latest reporting week (28 August – 3 September), a decrease from 4,554 the previous week.
  • So far this year, we've seen 3,797 public hospital admissions across the state for influenza, including 337 in the latest week
  • Of those hospitalised, 431 were admitted into an Intensive Care Unit, with 47 of those admissions occurring in the latest reporting week.

Although the flu season has peaked, there are still a high number of new cases of the flu being recorded each week and Queensland Health's simple flu prevention measures remain as important as ever.

Flu prevention advice

  • Stay home when you're sick, cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing and wash your hands regularly.
  • Combined with vaccination, these simple steps can reduce the likelihood of spreading the flu and combat the spread of flu.

The weekly flu report can be found at health.qld.gov.au - search term 'influenza report'.

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Last updated: 5 September 2017