Flu season officially here with 17 cases reported so far

FLU season has officially arrived, and 17 laboratory notified cases have already been reported in central Queensland.

Gladstone's Harbour City Family Practice only received needles for vaccinations last week, but about 30 people have already been vaccinated.

"Elderly people are the main ones presenting for flu vaccinations," practice manager Amar Doogal said.

"People are coming in slowly at the moment - there's not a huge rush."

Central Queensland Public Health Unit's Dr James Smith said around the state there have been 918 lab-confirmed cases reported this year, which is more than twice the five yearly average of 395.

Around 85% were Type A and 15% were influenza B.

Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young confirmed that across Queensland, a higher number of influenza cases was observed than any other state or territory in Australia.



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