‘Back with a vengeance’: Young kids hit hard by flu season

Flu-related hospitalisations among under-16s are high compared to the 2022 season, surveillance data shows.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Professor Robert Booy.

Doctors are bracing for a rapid surge in paediatric influenza cases, with children under 10 now accounting for a third of flu notifications this year. 

Nearly 85,000 lab-confirmed cases have been reported to the National Communicable Disease Surveillance System (NDSS) to date, of which some 28,000 were seen in the 0-4 and 5-9 age groups.