Health

'Rapid spike': Illawarra Shoalhaven could be headed for worst flu season ever

Kate McIlwain
By Kate McIlwain
Updated May 17 2022 - 6:45am, first published 6:33am
Early start: Just over half way through May, influenza cases in the Illawarra are already spiking higher at this point than in previous bad flu seasons.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven has recorded nearly 500 cases of influenza so far this year, potentially putting the region on track for its biggest flu season ever.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For the past 11 years, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. In that time I've covered breaking news, education, politics, urban affairs, council, environment, data journalism and development news. More recently, I became the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents two years into a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.