Flu cases are plummeting - here's why

Influenza has hit children hard this year, but high notification rates have fallen off since June

The predicted influenza resurgence this winter appears to be running out of steam earlier than expected, with the steep fall in cases being attributed partly to a shrinking pool of susceptible patients.

Person with flu

The federal Department of Health and Ageing’s latest influenza surveillance report shows that, although the weekly number of notifications since mid-April exceeds the five-year average, cases peaked in early June and have since plummeted.

Nationally, there were some 16,700 laboratory-confirmed