Tragedy as two-year-old boy dies from influenza as horror flu season rips through Australia
Tragedy as two-year-old boy dies of flu as horror flu season sweeps across Australia
- A two-year-old boy has died of Influenza A in Queensland after going to hospital
- Boy is the first to die from the virus in Queensland this flu season
- Australia has had a spate of flu cases in recent weeks as temperatures plummeted
- Health experts have urged everyone to get vaccinated to fight the disease
A toddler has died of flu in Queensland as the horror flu season wreaks havoc across the country.
The two-year-old boy is known to have been hospitalized in Gladstone, central Queensland.
He later died of Influenza A.
The boy is the first to die from the virus in Queensland this flu season and the fourth child in Australia this year.
His vaccination status is not yet known.
Australia has seen a spate of flu cases in recent weeks as temperatures plummeted.
Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital has reported that the number of childhood flu cases has risen from just 16 in the entire month of March to 120 in the past two weeks alone – a 500 percent increase.
Many states have made flu vaccines free for June in hopes of increasing vaccination rates.
Influenza had become a relative afterthought in the past two years as Covid dominated the headlines, with flu infections at ‘historically low levels’.
In 2019, the year before the pandemic, Australia’s National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System reported 313,033 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu.