Girl latest 'horror' Vic flu season victim

Girl latest 'horror' Vic flu season victim

An eight-year-old girl has died from the flu in Melbourne's east, as Australia continues to suffer through its worst flu season on record.

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy expressed concerns about the rising number of flu cases this year and said that Hawthorn's "tragic case" highlighted the grave health scare created by the flu.

"We are dealing with a horror flu season and we're not quite sure when and where it will finish", Ms Hennessy told the radio station. People are not just getting the flu, they're getting very, very sick with this flu. Don't dismiss your symptoms.

"Actually we can't beat nature".

"People should immediately reach out for medical support".

The chief, Daniel Andrews, stretched out his sympathies to her family and said therapeutic staff were endeavoring to handle the especially awful flu season.

Eight elderly residents died at St John's retirement village at Wangaratta in August and early September.

"We're seeing some really terrible and tragic outcome of this year's flu season", the minister said. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

Sarah Hawthorn from Cobram had contracted influenza during the later days of her pregnancy.

On 1 August, the New South Wales wellbeing division discharged information which demonstrated an especially awful flu year. Auckland City Hospital said it had had the "busiest July ever" this year, with 136 influenza hospital admissions - up from just 41 in July last year.

More than 50 episodes in NSW matured care homes in the most recent seven day stretch of July provoked notices from specialists for debilitated individuals to abstain from going by elderly relatives.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the girl's death this morning, but had not been aware of further serious cases of the flu at schools.

Warning rates were most elevated in grown-ups matured 80 or over, trailed by youngsters matured five to nine.



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