Australian Influenza Surveillance Report – 25 April to 8 May 2022

The Australian Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates are compiled from a number of data sources, which are used to monitor influenza activity and severity in the community.

These data sources include laboratory-confirmed notifications to NNDSS; influenza associated hospitalisations; sentinel influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting from general practitioners; ILI-related community level surveys; and sentinel laboratory testing results.

In the year to date in 2022, there have been 10,599 notifications to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) in Australia, of which 7,173 notifications had a diagnosis date this fortnight—three times higher than notifications in the previous fortnight.

From mid-April 2022, the weekly number of notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza reported in Australia has exceeded the 5-year mean.

You can access the full report here. We expect that this data will be updated shortly and show that weekly notifications are continuing to rise rapidly and point to a potentially significant season, with the AMA continuing to encourage the community to visit their local general practice and get vaccinated.

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