Horror flu season reaches peak in Queensland

THE horror flu season in Queensland has well and truly peaked, with the illness claiming the lives of almost 200 people this year.

The latest health data has revealed 191 people have died during the 2019 flu season, including 16 people on the Gold Coast.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said so far this year the numbers are truly staggering with already close to 65,000 lab-confirmed flu cases recorded and it’s not over yet with three months left in the year.


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“So far this year 2930 people were admitted to hospitals across the state with 285 requiring acute care in ICU,” Mr Miles said.

“Tragically, at least 191 deaths have been recorded associated with the flu so far this year.

“Every death is one too many, these were Queenslanders with families and loved ones and prevention has to be a priority for all of us.

“I want to thank our incredible hospital staff and paramedics who are caring for these flu victims.”

This years numbers are already more than 300 per cent higher than the whole of 2018, in which just 43 deaths were recorded.

Minister Miles again urged anyone who may be experiencing symptoms to stay home.

“I am begging people, please get yourselves and your families vaccinated every year. And if you’re sick, stay home,” he said.

“Vaccination is the best way to give yourself a fighting chance to avoid getting the flu.”

QUEENSLAND FLU DEATHS

Hospital and Health Service (HHS) Name Total
Cairns and Hinterland 3
Central Queensland 7
Central West 0
Darling Downs 9
Gold Coast 16
Mackay 2
Metro North 56
Metro South 43
North West 0
South West 0
Sunshine Coast 21
Torres and Cape 3
Townsville 10
West Moreton 14
Wide Bay 7
Total 191

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