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Australia dealing with 'horrific' flu season

Australia dealing with 'horrific' flu season”

Health Minister Jill Hennessy today confirmed the little girl died from the flu at the Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully on Friday, following the flu death of young dad Ben Ihlow on Father's Day.

"The number of people with influenza has doubled".

Hospital emergency departments saw a spike in admissions for influenza-like illnesses during July.

Dr Jennings says it's unlikely the virus will spread to New Zealand as we're coming to the end of our flu season.

"The reality is we can't beat nature".

This particularly deadly strain of flu has killed 94 people in Victorian age-care facilities so far this year and more than 160,000 people have contracted the flu in Australia this year.

Rosie Andersen 8 died after falling ill with the flu in Melbourne

"People should immediately reach out for medical support".

Eight elderly residents died at a Wangaratta retirement centre, with more than 100 staff and residents also taken ill.

"We are dealing with a horror flu season and we're not quite sure when and where it will finish", Ms Hennessy told the radio station.

Minister Hennessy said that Victorian health services do not know if the flu season has reached its peak, and it's not too late for people to get vaccinated against it. "It is right up the eastern seaboard of Australia", she said. Auckland City Hospital said it had had the "busiest July ever" this year, with 136 influenza hospital admissions - up from just 41 in July last year. This figure is made even more frightening when compared to Health Department figures show that 75,818 cases of the flu were recorded for the same time a year ago.

Notification rates were highest in adults aged 80 or over, followed by children aged five to nine.



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