Is it really a ‘killer’ flu season?

This year's high flu numbers are about more testing and media hype, says expert at FluTracking
Person sick with flu

Over recent months, the news has been saturated with headlines claiming we’re experiencing a “killer flu season”. Researchers watching laboratory data are using the term “flunami”.

Data suggests this is a serious year for the flu, with a higher number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths recorded than at the same time point in previous years. But there’s more to the story.