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Seven more deaths and more than 30,000 infected



Nationally, 113,704 people have come down with laboratory-confirmed flu so this year compared with 58,870 cases for all of 2018 due to the unprecedented high rate of summer flu and early start to the season.

A total of 192 people have died of flu nationally in 2019, according to the latest Australian Influenza Surveillance Report ending June 16.

The majority of deaths (98 per cent) were due to influenza A, and the predominant strain nationally is influenza A H3N2.

The true death toll and flu prevalence is likely to be higher, according to the report.

In NSW, every sixth person presenting to hospital emergency departments last week had respiratory or fluid symptoms, including suspected flu in 60 children under five, and 98 children aged between five and 16 and 144 people aged 17 to 34.

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Western Sydney and Northern Sydney recorded the highest numb ers of flu cases of any Local Health District in NSW: 932 and 801 cases in the week ending June 23.

Northern Sydney also recorded a significant increase in the rate of flu (85 cases per 100,000 people) compared to the previous week .

There were 14 flu outbreaks in NSW institutions taking the total number of confirmed flu outbreaks this year to 106, including 81 residential care facilities. Influenza A was responsible for 97 outbreaks.

Seven outbreaks were caused by influenza B and two involved other A and B strains.

The severity of this year's flu is low, judging by the proportion of patients admitted directly to ICU and the number of deaths overall. But it's too early to tell how severe this flu season will be, with no sign it has reached its peak. [VickySheppeardsaiditwasshapinguptobeamoderatefluseasondespite

More than 2.40 million seasonal flu vaccine doses have been distributed to general practices, Aboriginal medical services, hospitals, aged care facilities and childhood vaccination clinics across NSW. [19659005] People aged 65 and over, pregnant women, Aboriginal people and people with medical conditions who were at greater risk of being all eligible under the National Immunization Program.

The free state-funded vaccine is available to all children aged six months to five years, and healthcare workers

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