Via ABC News: Queensland on brink of influenza epidemic, doctors fear. Excerpt:
The Queensland is on the brink of an influenza epidemic with thousands of cases diagnosed in August, the Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMAQ) says.
The latest Queensland Health figures show there have been more than 12,000 confirmed cases this year up until August 16.
Almost half of those were diagnosed between August 1 and 16 and 92 people were hospitalised.
The AMAQ's Dr Wayne Herdy said this year's flu season was shaping up to be the worst in decades.
"I think that we're right at the very beginning of what's shaping up to be a fairly significant influenza B epidemic," he said.
"I've been on the Sunshine Coast for 23 years now and I've never seen as many flu cases come in in such a short time."
Dr Herdy warned the official flu statistics were likely to be the tip of the iceberg.
"Only about one person in 10 who gets the flu gets a swab and ends up getting a positive diagnosis so the numbers are probably a lot higher than what we're really seeing," he said.
Parents of unvaccinated kids to be called
The Queensland Government has announced it will phone the parents of children who are not properly vaccinated to encourage them to get their shots.
Health Minister Cameron Dick wants to lift the vaccination rate for the state's children from 92.3 per cent to 95 per cent.
He said the Government would begin calling the parents of 35,000 children under the age of five who did not have their vaccinations up to date from October 1.
In other Queensland news, a seventh measles case has been reported at the university.