More deaths as horror flu season rolls on

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A FURTHER seven people have died from influenza this week in WA, as the state’s horror flu season continues.

That brings the state’s death toll from influenza to 48 this year, compared to just four to the same time last year.

To date this year, 1837 people have been hospitalised as a result of the flu, compared to just 340 last year.

There have been 17,640 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza, up from 1810 at the same point in 2018.

According to the Department of Health, 755,942 people have been vaccinated against the flu in WA this year.

This year’s flu season began about two months earlier than in previous years.

The symptoms of influenza can overlap with other illnesses common in winter.

Symptoms that can help distinguish the flu from ordinary colds and coughs include:

• fever
• severe fatigue
• general aches and pains
• cough
• vomiting and diarrhoea (in children)