With now more than 16,000 cases reported in South Australia alone, and a further two deaths in the past week, the state looks set for one of the worst flu seasons on record.
The state’s death toll from the virus now sits at 37.
This time last year, the number of reported cases was just over 1,400 – compared with 16,767 so far this year. SA Health has urged those most vulnerable – young people, the elderly and pregnant women – to get vaccinated as soon as possible if they haven’t already.
The federal government last week ordered an extra 400,000 vaccines to meet demand and provide for those most vulnerable, amid fears private supplies could run dry ‘in weeks’.
While the Australian Red Cross has issued an urgent plea for blood donors with the soaring number of cases seeing 1,400 donors a day cancelling their appointments.
Article by: Emily Olle