- Jul 11, 2001
What exactly is leading experts to believe the U.S. flu season could be significant? The biggest hint comes from the southern hemisphere, which already went through its winter flu season. Australia, in particular, saw its worst season in five years.
In 2021, there were nearly 600 cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza in Australia and no deaths. During this year’s flu season, the country has reported more than 224,000 cases and 305 deaths.
Children were especially hit hard during Australia’s flu season. Kids aged 5–9 years reported the highest rates of flu along with children under 5 and adolescents and teenagers under the age of 20.