Queensland bracing for worst flu season in years
The flu season is shaping up as one of the worst in years as the state records 1,000 cases of influenza and flu-COVID cases in May.
AMA Queensland president Professor Chris Perry says after two years of influenza dormancy due to COVID-19 lockdowns and border closures, 2022 is on a frightening trajectory towards a significant and early flu season.
“The latest figures show that in May in Queensland we have 1,000 confirmed cases of influenza and a number of combined flu-COVID cases,” he says.
“Last year, there were only 598 cases across Australia.
“We have not seen 1,000 cases in Queensland in May for eight years. This suggests that we will see a significant and early flu season.”
Queensland had one of its worst flu seasons in two decades in 2019, with almost 70,000 lab-confirmed cases and 264 deaths.
“Now that we are seeing combined flu and COVID cases, the pressures on our health system will only escalate,” Prof Perry says.
“Your best protection is to get your flu shot now.”