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South Australia Suffers 12 Times More Flu Cases Than Last Year

More than 90 people have been killed during one of South Australia's deadliest flu seasons on record.

SA Health's updated figures reveal total recorded cases of the flu have nearly reached 20,500 compared with just 1,600 this time last year.

According to health authorities, up to 500 South Australians are being diagnosed with the flu each week. The deadliest month of the year so far has been May, when 56 people died after contracting the virus.

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The Health Department estimates nationwide that more than 230 people have died from the flu. With nearly half of those deaths from SA, the state is on track to surpass its deadliest flu season on record of 2017, when 124 people died.

"In South Australia, we had our flu season start a lot earlier than most other states," Dr Louise Flood from SA Health said on Monday.

Outbreaks have been reported in 87 aged care homes. Older people are most at risk of dying from the flu, and SA Health data confirms the majority of the deaths this year have been people aged 65 or over.

It's not known if any of the deaths had been people who had been vaccinated.

"We still encourage those people in high risk groups to get vaccinated if they're not already vaccinated," said Dr Flood.

"We are expecting that there will be more deaths attributed to the flu this year."

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