Flu cases plummet by 80%

Science and a bit of luck helped keep numbers down this year

A little bit of luck, an upswing in immunisations and an improved vaccine have seen Australians through the 2018 influenza season in much better shape than last year.

Influenza cases have plummeted in Australia by more than 80% compared with last year’s record-breaking event, when more than 1100, mostly elderly, patients died.