Flu death toll soars with Queensland set to record worst season ever

Queensland is on track to record its worst ever flu season with cases soaring and the number of deaths almost double the number from last year.

There has been more than 34,000 recorded cases of flu across Queensland so far this year, however experts warn that number is likely to be higher with many cases not reported.

2,924 cases of the flu have been recorded on the Gold Coast, well above the five-year average of 864.


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83 people have now died from the flu, compared to the 43 deaths recorded in 2018.

The majority of those deaths occurred in people over the age of 70 however four of them were under the age of 50.

Four were recorded on the Gold Coast.

More than 1800 people have needed hospital treatment because of the flu, including 192 on the Gold Coast with 172 people admitted to intensive care.

Of particular concern to health officials is the number of young, healthy people ending up in hospital with the flu.

Almost one in five people admitted to hospital were aged 10 to 29.

Health Minister Steven Miles is urging anyone who is yet to get a flub jab to get one as soon as possible with the worst of the flu season fast approaching.

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