An expert says the 2019 flu season has probably already peaked because it began earlier than usual. About 300 people have died from the flu already this year – more than double that in all of 2018. But experts believe Australia’s “moderately bad” season has probably hit its peak.
The flu season started early this year after a mild one in 2018, leading to significantly higher numbers of influenza cases than usually experienced by this point. Influenza expert Professor Robert Booy believes it will be a moderate flu season and not as severe as in 2017, when 1163 died.
However, the Immunisation Coalition chairman said the early start to this year’s flu season will probably mean an early peak, predicting the number of cases will begin to decline soon. “My view is that it may be a moderately bad year with an early onset, but I can see evidence that it’s peaking, that it’s plateauing and it’s likely to start falling much sooner than usual,” he said.