- Australian Influenza Surveillance Report
- Previous Reports and Updates
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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.
- Nationally, influenza activity has continued to decline following a seasonal peak in early September.
- In the fortnight ending 14 October 2016, influenza activity decreased across most regions in the country, with the exception of the Top End of the Northern Territory where activity remained unchanged from the previous fortnight.
- National indicators of influenza-like illness (ILI) continued to decline this fortnight, with influenza remaining the primary cause of ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners. However, influenza A and rhinovirus were the respiratory viruses most commonly detected by sentinel laboratories.
- Notifications of laboratory confirmed influenza continued to decline this fortnight but remain in the higher range of notifications reported at the same time in recent years.
- Influenza A(H3N2) continued to be the dominant circulating influenza virus nationally.
- Notification rates this year to date have been highest in adults aged 75 years or older, with a secondary, smaller 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 attributable to pneumonia or influenza, is moderate.
- To date, the seasonal influenza vaccines appear to be a good match for circulating virus strains.
- Australian Influenza Surveillance Report No 10 - 01 October to 14 October 2016 (PDF 1103 KB)
- Australian Influenza Surveillance Report No 10 - 01 October to 14 October 2016 (Word 1510 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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