More than 1 million vaccinations have been deployed across the state as Queenslanders brace for a bad flu season but the number of confirmed cases is already four times the five-year average for this time of year.
Health authorities are warning there has been a spike in both pneumonia and the childhood condition croup in recent months, and the flu might to be blame.
Twenty-five people die from the flu in Queensland — more than half the total number of flu deaths in the state last year — prompting authorities to plead with people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Most people recover from flu in under a week but for some it will kill and this year is shaping up to be bad. Ian Barr explains how to protect yourself
Three times as many Australians have been diagnosed with influenza in the first three months of 2019, compared to previous years. Public health experts are urging people to protect themselves with vaccinations.
You might have already contracted the dreaded lurgy this winter, but for Australia, the data shows that the flu season is just getting started.
With just weeks before the flu season officially starts, and when it comes to pandemics, the 1918 Spanish influenza taught us prevention is most definitely better than a cure. That's where the CSIRO comes in, writes Rob Grenfell.
An extra 800,000 doses of the flu vaccine will be manufactured as significant demand means doctors are turning some patients away to preserve remaining doses for the most vulnerable.
The Federal Government is ordering aged-care homes to offer staff a flu vaccination this year after last year's deadly influenza season saw about 1,000 people aged over 65 die of influenza-related complications.