Doctors urge Australians to get flu vaccine

DOCTORS are warning locals to get their flu jab next week, with Australia set to experience one of the worst flu seasons in recent years.

The Australian Medical Association said Australia has already seen an increase in flu infections that are about five times the norm for this time of the year.

Queensland has had 904 flu notification this year already, followed by 502 in NSW, 399 in Victoria and 314 in South Australia, 37 in Tasmania and 34 in the ACT.


Over 100 people have also been admitted to hospital in Queensland with the flu this year, double last year’s figures.

Queensland Health said of the hospital admissions, most appear to be the H1N1 swine flu strain.

Experts are urging young people and pregnant women to get vaccinated when the vaccine is available next week.

The flu and its complications, such as pneumonia, kill about 2800 Australians a year.