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Children Urged To Get Vaccinated After QLD Child Dies From Influenza

Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated with a significant increase of influenza cases in children. 

The call for more vaccinations follows the death of an 11-year-old Sunshine Coast girl died from influenza this week. 

The Queensland girl is the second young person two pass away after contracting the virus after a NSW student died on the Central Coast. 

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So far, there have been a whopping 152,000 confirmed influenza cases in 2023. 

Deputy director of the World Health Organisation Professor Ian Bar told The Guardian that children are more susceptible to the latest influenza viruses. 

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“The viruses which are circulating this year are influenza A(H1N1) and B viruses – both of these viruses affect children more than the elderly,” he said. 

“We haven’t seen the B viruses around much for the last two years.”

Of the confirmed 152,000 cases, over 69,000 are believed to be children under the age of 14. 

Queensland has recorded a total of 48,342 cases including both adults and children while NSW has reported 53,343 cases. 

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