Key Points for General Practitioners:
- Influenza activity is high with multiple strains circulating
- Continue to encourage vaccination for high-risk patients
- Consider early antiviral therapy for suspected and confirmed influenza infection in high-risk patients.
- The winter influenza season started earlier than usual this year.
- Influenza surveillance has detected a marked increase in activity in the past few weeks. Influenza activity is likely to be at its peak activity now or in the next few weeks.
- Several strains of influenza are circulating widely in the NSW community – the A(H3N2) strain is predominant but B strains are also common.
- There circulating strains appear to be well matched to the 2017 influenza season vaccines, and there is no evidence of antiviral resistance.
For further information see the influenza website – http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/flu.