Reported flu cases still soaring in WA

Flu infections continue to soar in Western Australia, jumping by more than 800 cases in one week.

The Department of Health’s latest weekly statewide notifiable diseases data shows the number of reported cases this year so far has climbed from 3013 to 3887.

That compares to 1216 cases for the same time last year.

Acting director of communicable disease control directorate Paul Effler said on Friday the flu season had come eight weeks earlier than usual.

He said vaccination supplies were tight but urged people to get the flu shot, saying the illness could be a “killer”.

So far this year, 10 people have died in WA from flu-related illness, compared to four at the same time last year.


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