Flu hitting children and women hardest

As of 11 August, there have been 20,979 cases of laboratory confirmed influenza reported, according to the Department of Health and Ageing Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates. That's almost double the number of cases at this time last year, the Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) said. 

Chairman Dr Alan Hampson said the dominant strain was H1N1.

About 25% more women than men have been struck down with flu, with more than 8259 confirmed cases among people aged 20–49. The ISG said around 20–50% of children are likely to contract the flu each season, compared with 10–30% of adults.

The majority of notifications have been in Queensland with 5959 cases. NSW has had 5375 cases, Victoria 2473, SA 1797, WA 1722, NT 331, Act 284 and Tasmania has had 197 people test positive for flu.

Australians are encouraged to take up the 2014 vaccine, which targets the pandemic strain H1N1 and also covers the Texas A H3N2 and B