Fighting the flu can be a matter of life and death – so what more can we do?

24/09/2017 Melissa Davey 0

Australia is coming out of its most deadly influenza season for more than 10 years and experts say increased vaccination alone will not help enough

As Australia endures one of its worst flu seasons in more than a decade, questions are being raised about how the public can be better prepared and what can be done to protect the most vulnerable.

At least 170,000 influenza cases have been confirmed this season, almost two-and-a-half times more than in 2016. The federal health department logged 72 flu-related deaths by Thursday, including that of eight-year-old Rosie Andersen in Melbourne. Experts say Australia is on track for a record number of confirmed cases.

Related: Flu outbreak kills seven residents at Victorian aged care home

The vaccine for H3N2 basically didn’t work and was zero per cent effective for those over 65

Death seems to especially affect those who got sick, got better, then got sick again

Related: New technology could allow multiple vaccines to be delivered in single jab

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Overstretched hospitals face winter flu crisis, doctors warn

24/09/2017 Rebecca Ratcliffe 0

A&E departments risk ‘grinding to a halt’ as number of patients waiting more than 12 hours for treatment soars

Emergency departments risk “grinding to a halt” this winter, say medical leaders. They warn that the number of patients facing long waits for treatment is likely to hit record levels.

Dr Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said staff were dangerously overstretched, as NHS figures showed the number of people waiting more than 12 hours for treatment during the coldest months of the year has soared.

Related: Overburdened NHS faces ‘winter of woe’, leading doctors warn

Related: Two junior doctors left to care for 436 patients on ‘very unsafe’ night shift

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Overstretched hospitals face winter flu crisis, doctors warn

24/09/2017 Rebecca Ratcliffe 0

A&E departments risk ‘grinding to a halt’ as number of patients waiting more than 12 hours for treatment soars

Emergency departments risk “grinding to a halt” this winter, say medical leaders. They warn that the number of patients facing long waits for treatment is likely to hit record levels.

Dr Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said staff were dangerously overstretched, as NHS figures showed the number of people waiting more than 12 hours for treatment during the coldest months of the year has soared.

Related: Overburdened NHS faces ‘winter of woe’, leading doctors warn

Related: Two junior doctors left to care for 436 patients on ‘very unsafe’ night shift

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Overburdened NHS faces ‘winter of woe’, leading doctors warn

14/09/2017 Denis Campbell 0

Experts say official ‘bed blocking’ figures for England show hospitals would struggle to cope with a serious flu outbreak

Full hospitals mean the NHS is facing “a winter of woe”, leading doctors have warned, after official figures released on Thursday again showed the service struggling to cope with the growing demand for care.

A total of 181,692 bed days were lost in hospitals in England in July to “delayed transfers of care”, when patients are fit to leave but cannot be safely discharged.

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Flu outbreak kills seven residents at Victorian aged care home

Residents, aged from 70 to 94, died at Wangaratta’s St John’s retirement village, while another 100 people are ill

An influenza outbreak has swept through a regional Victorian aged care home, killing seven residents and leaving another 100 people ill.

The residents, aged between 70 and 94, died at Wangaratta’s St John’s retirement village during the fortnight up until Wednesday.

Related: Flu tracker 2017: weekly updates on symptoms around Australia

Looks like flu has peaked across most of Australia. “moderate” year not the “biggest flu year ever” from @Flutrack perspective #publichealth pic.twitter.com/ztg3vA0KSi

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