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Australians warn of a triple threat from Covid, the common cold and flu

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Australia is preparing for a nationwide triple threat this winter as health experts warn residents about a flu outbreak amid cases of common flu and Covid-19.

A new report released on Monday shows that nearly 3,000 cases of influenza have been recorded in Australia this year – the highest number since 2019.

The Influenza Report for 2022 notes a low level of influenza vaccination, which is only 11 percent of the population.

Infectious disease expert Robert Bui told NCA NewsWire that both the flu and Covid were highly contagious viral infections that could lead to serious illness, hospitalization or even death.

Professor Bui said the society’s immunity was low after the pandemic, and each flu season was different in impact.

“We expect that with the resumption of global travel, influenza strains will also travel and the level of infection will rise, so this year we will get a surge,” he said.

“Our community is not used to fighting the flu virus, so their level of immunity has dropped.”

Camera iconThe incidence of influenza has risen across the country as borders are restored. Supplied Credit: Supplied

QUEENSLAND

Queenslanders have been warned of a “significant wave” – ​​a potentially deadly combination of influenza and Kovid.

Chief Health Officer John Gerard said more than 800 cases of influenza had been reported in Queensland, most of them in the past three weeks.

“In Queensland last year, there were only 296 confirmed cases of influenza for the whole of 2021. For comparison, this year we have seen more than 800 cases of influenza in Queensland – over the past three weeks the number of cases of influenza has doubled every week for the past three weeks, “said Dr. Gerard.

He said clinical evidence suggests that infection with both viruses was more severe than with one virus.

“We have seen more than a dozen combined infections, and some of these people have been hospitalized,” he said.

During the last flu season in Australia in 2019, more than 950 people died, including a one-year-old child. At least 378 Australians between the ages of one and 100 died of the flu in 2018.

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Camera iconQueensland Chief Health Officer John Gerard has warned residents about a potentially dangerous combination of viruses. NewsWire / Sarah Marshall Credit: News Corp Australia

VICTORIA

This year, more than 886 cases of influenza have been recorded in Victoria, including hundreds in recent days.

This figure increased by 10 percent compared to 2021.

Chief Health Officer Brett Satan said Victoria’s residents had missed two seasons of flu, “and that’s probably not the most important thing in people’s minds.”

“All I can say is don’t wait until these flu stories happen, it will be too late,” he said.

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Camera iconThe flu virus grows against the background of colds and covid. Supplied. Credit: sources

Children under the age of five are considered high risk and are entitled to free vaccinations, but only 3% of this age group are vaccinated against influenza.

Only 30 per cent of Australians over the age of 65 had a government-funded flu vaccine.

https://thewest.com.au/news/aussies-warned-of-triple-threat-from-covid-common-cold-and-the-flu-c-6676412

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