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Topic - Aussie Flu
Posted: June 21 2019 at 2:55pm By Kilt5
this from the UK

The leader of England’s emergency care doctors has called for the NHS to take action now to prepare for a possible flu epidemic as Australia battles an early outbreak of the virus.

The latest figures for Australia show nearly 94,000 confirmed cases of flu so far this year, far above the levels seen in previous years – last year the total number was around 12,000. Weekly figures for the beginning of June are on a par with the numbers of cases normally seen in July and August, the height of the Australian flu season.

A hundred and forty seven people have died from the flu in the first five months of the year, compared with 23 at the same point in 2018.

The very high figures may just show an early-peaking outbreak rather than an epidemic but are causing concern in the UK.

Royal College of Emergency Medicine Taj Hassan said the Australian figures looked “very scary indeed. We struggled last year [in A&Es] in incredbly benevolent circumstances. I am not sure that is going to happen this year. It is very important that we prepare.

“Perhaps we need to start vaccination early and set aside some money.”