We need to impress on parents the importance of flu vax

Figures from last year's season suggests coverage must improve

Last year’s influenza season was notoriously bad. Around the country, GPs were inundated and intensive care specialists were reeling from the sheer number of patients with dangerous flu complications.

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Now we have figures on the impact on children. In 2017, some 1268 ­Australian children were hospitalised with flu and, sadly, one did not survive.

The authors of the analysis of paediatric data are keen to stress that until clinicians impress upon parents just how insidious flu can be, we’re unlikely to reap the benefits of new,