Written By Home Doctor Brisbane Team
More Queenslanders have been struck down with the flu than anywhere else in the country.
New figures show Queensland has recorded the highest number of Influenza A and B cases so far this flu season.
The Influenza Specialist Group has revealed 19,277 cases of Influenza have been reported to July 23, with 5309 in Queensland.
The second worst hit state is New South Wales with 3817 patients diagnosed with Influenza.
House Call Doctor Chief Executive Officer Wayne Ormond said figures show the flu has hit much harder this year – particularly in Queensland.
“We are seeing a large number of patients calling with serve symptoms including fevers, fatigue, muscle aches and in some cases even vomiting and diarrhea,” said Mr Ormond.
He said this time last year there were 3,734 diagnosed cases of Influenza A and B, this year there are 1,575 extra cases.
Queensland areas that are seeing a large number of influenza cases include the south-east corner, Darling Downs, Wide Bay and Central Queensland regions.
“Our call centre has seen a huge rise in calls from patients in our existing areas of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough and has prompted the earlier launch of Toowoomba and Rockhampton which are now in their second week of operation,” said Mr Ormond.
“We are expecting the flu season to worsen, with the peak flu period between August and September,”said Mr Ormond.
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