COVID-19 isolation is suppressing the spread of influenza as well.

According to the latest weekly FluTracking report, rates of flu-like symptoms in the community have dropped from a peak of 1.6% in early March to a historic low of 0.3% in mid-April.

This is significantly lower than the 1.8% incidence of flu-like symptoms reported at the same time last year.

Influenza vaccination has also skyrocketed thus far this year. Since 1 March over 2.1 million flu vaccines have been administered and recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register compared to 634,000 at the same time in 2019, and 235,000 in 2018.

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Dr Lachlan Soper