“It is absolutely crucial that you go and get your flu vaccine as soon as possible,” he said.
Anyone unsure whether they should go to hospital should visit healthdirect.gov.au or call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.
“That’s an example of strategies you can take to try and increase vaccination rates … you need a combination of approaches to get people vaccinated,” Prof Dwyer said.
Free flu vaccines in Queensland
Ten people are in intensive care and 151 are in hospital for the acute form of flu, which hasn’t broken out in Queensland for five years.
Greens call for free flu vaccines in South Australia
SA Health said there had been 727 flu notifications between 1 January and 14 May this year, compared to 12 cases for the same period last year.