Influenza in Australia 2019-2020



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Numbers of Flu cases in Australia.

The number of Flu (Influenza) cases in Australia, during 2020 has been substantially lower than in 2019.  Probably due to the extra precautions (social distancing etc) taken to protect from the COVID-19 coronavirus.

An interesting observation is the numbers of deaths from the Flu, and COVID-19, in the 2019 and 2020 years.  Very similar totals when added together.

  • In 2020, so far, there have been 737 COVID-19 deaths, and 36 Influenza deaths in Australia. A total of 773 deaths.
  • In 2019, there were 812 influenza-associated deaths.

Flu Cases in Australia during 2020.

In the year to date, up to 23rd August 2020, there have been 21,079 notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).

From that number, 36 (0.17%) laboratory-confirmed influenza associated deaths have been notified .

Of the 21,079 notifications of influenza reported to the NNDSS up to 23rd August 2020, the numbers per State and Territory were:

7,165 were from New South Wales (NSW)
5,947 from Queensland (QLD)
4,627 from Victoria (VIC)
1,522 from South Australia (SA)
1,186 from Western Australia (WA)
278 from the Northern Territory (NT)
193 from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
161 from Tasmania (TAS).


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Source: Pdf at (health.gov.au/…/flu-10-2020.pdf)

Flu Cases in Australia during 2019.

In the year to date, up to 6th October 2019, there had been 298,120 notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).

From that number, 812 influenza-associated deaths had been notified.

Of the 298,120 notifications of influenza reported to the NNDSS this year to 6 October 2019, the numbers per State and Territory were:

111,710 were from NSW
65,583 from QLD
64,575 from VIC
25,415 from SA
22,621 from WA
3,912 from the ACT
2,886 from TAS
1,418 from the NT.

Source: Pdf at (health.gov.au/…/flu-12-2019.pdf)

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