Influenza in unvaccinated people trending up


Flutracking shows that cases of influenza-like illness are starting to trend up as Australia enters winter. The increase is greatest for those not vaccinated against influenza. This highlights the value of receiving the flu vaccine.

The predominant circulating strains are influenza A (H3N2) viruses, the most isolated being A/Victoria/361/2011-like. The "swine flu" strain has decreased markedly. The current 2012 season influenza vaccine contains the following: A (H1N1): A/California/7/2009, A (H3N2): A/Perth/16/2009, and B: B/Brisbane/60/2008.

The graph is from Flutracking, an immensely valuable mechanism for surveillance of influenza-like illness in Australia which uses weekly reports from the public. Influenza surveillance reports are available at