Queenslanders urged to get flu shot as death toll rises

Queensland health officials are calling for more people to get the flu jab this season, as the death toll from the flu rises.

Newscorp reports that 25 Queenslanders have died from the flu so far this year.

New figures, released to Newcorp, show the number of deaths in the state this year are up 56 percent on the 16 recorded in the same period last year.


Other information shows that over 10,000 cases of influenza have been registered in the state, with over 800 of those cases having to be admitted to a state hospital.

73 patients then required intensive care.

With the peak of the season still to come, Queensland Health told Newscorp that the flu is a serious illness, unlike the common cold, and that vaccination is the best way to prevent it.

Flu shots are still available at GPs and most pharmacies.