Early cases of flu double the usual trend in West Moreton

West Moreton residents are advised to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination after early indications suggest we might be in for a big flu season.

More than 400 confirmed cases of influenza have been reported in West Moreton this year, which is more than double the rate typically reported by early April. 

The flu season typically begins in May, peaks in August and ends in October.

West Moreton Public Health Unit Dr Penny Hutchinson said now was the best time to get vaccinated. 

“I would urge families to use one day these school holidays to prioritise vaccination before children and teenagers head back to school, because we know viruses can spread quickly between students,” Dr Hutchinson said. 

“Influenza has a big impact on individuals and it also places a strain on emergency health services.” 

Vaccination is the best way to protect against flu, and early vaccination can protect you before cases in the community start to rise.

Practicing good hygiene habits, such as washing hands regularly and staying home when you’re sick will also work to reduce transmission and infection of respiratory and winter illnesses.

People at risk

Flu is more than an annual nuisance. It can cause very serious illness in otherwise healthy people. For young children, the elderly and people burdened with other illnesses, flu can often lead to significant complications.

People most at risk are:

  • babies and young children under 5 years of age
  • people aged 65 years and older
  • pregnant people, at any stage of pregnancy
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 6 months of age and older
  • People 6 months of age and older with a medical condition or disability which increases their risk of severe influenza and its complications

Free flu vaccination is available at GPs, pharmacies or vaccination providers from now until 30 September 2024.

You can even have the flu vaccine at the same time as other recommended vaccines such as whooping cough and COVID-19.


To track the rise of flu and other notifiable conditions in the West Moreton community, visit: Notifiable conditions weekly totals | Queensland Health