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How common is the flu?

Page last updated 24 May 2018

Influenza is very easily spread and cases are often under-reported because many people manage the disease themselves at home. On average each year in Australia, 100 people die and 5,100 people are hospitalised due to the flu.6 The 2017 flu season was particularly bad with more than 70,000 cases of (laboratory confirmed) influenza in young Australian adults (aged between 20-49 years).

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