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.

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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

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