Nepean/Blue Mountains second highest health district for flu

The Nepean area has recorded one of the highest incidence of influenza rates this season, according to new figures.

Nepean/Blue Mountains Local Health District came second only to western Sydney in the list of areas in NSW that had the highest influenza rates, recording 88.36 per 100,000 people.

The figures were contained in the NSW Health Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending July 30 on 60 emergency departments across the state, according to the NSW Opposition.

This year is one of the worst flu seasons on record in NSW, with 21,412  confirmed influenza cases – more than double the same period last year. 

In July 2016 there were 4,431 cases, compared to 14,032 cases in July 2017.

Opposition Health Spokesman Walt Secord used the figures to criticise the state government, saying it had “dropped the ball on prevention”.

“The flu season is smashing NSW emergency departments and it is only going to get worse. August is traditionally the worst month for flu in Australia and NSW,” he said. “Due to the state government’s failure to properly prepare, the additional flu patients in emergency departments mean other patients have to wait longer.”