The 2019 flu season has hit Victoria hard with over 37,000 more cases of influenza recorded this year compared to the same period in 2018.
According to the latest data from the State Government’s Victorian Weekly Influenza Report, cases are tracking over 12 times higher this year than for the same time in 2018, and above expected levels for this time of the year.
As of August 3 there were 42,901 cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza this year, a shocking increase from just 3078 cases during the same period last year.
There were slightly fewer cases recorded during July 2019 than in the previous month of June, with 2813 and 3265 respectively.
Loddon Mallee, which includes the Central Goldfields Shire, had its own spike in flu cases, with 1412 recorded so far this year compared to just 86 in 2018. According to the report, there have been over two million influenza vaccines distributed state-wide, and Priceline Pharmacy’s Colin Robinson said it’s not too late to get a flu shot.
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