- Australian Influenza Surveillance Report
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The Australian Influenza Surveillance Report is published on a fortnightly basis during the influenza season, typically between May and October. Influenza activity updates will be published outside of the seasonal period, with updates also provided during the season. A more in-depth end-of-season report is also published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence journal.
- In the fortnight ending 19 August 2016, influenza activity continued to increase at the national level, with most regions of Australia reporting widespread and increasing activity.
- Influenza-like illness (ILI) also continued to increase nationally. More than half of all patients presenting to sentinel general practitioners with ILI and tested were positive for influenza this fortnight.
- Influenza A(H3N2) continued to be the dominant circulating influenza virus nationally in recent weeks, noting jurisdictional variation. Notifications of influenza B increased slightly in recent weeks, but remained at low levels overall.
- Notification rates this year to date have been highest in adults aged 85 years or older, with a secondary peak in the very young, aged less than 5 years. This is consistent with influenza A(H3N2) being typically more prevalent in older age groups.
- Clinical severity for the season to date, as measured through the proportion of patients admitted directly to ICU and deaths attributed to pneumonia or influenza, is low to moderate.
- To date, the seasonal influenza vaccines appear to be a good match for circulating virus strains.
- Australian Influenza Surveillance Report No 06 - 06 August to 19 August 2016 (PDF 989 KB)
- Australian Influenza Surveillance Report No 06 - 06 August to 19 August 2016 (Word 1439 KB)
- Previous Reports - 2016
- Previous Reports and Updates - 2015
- Previous Reports and Updates - 2014
- Previous Reports - 2013
- Previous Reports - 2012
- Previous Reports - 2011
- Previous Reports - 2010
- Previous Reports - 2009
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