Australian Influenza Surveillance Report - No 01 - fortnight ending 10 April 2022

The Australian Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates are compiled from a number of data sources, which are used to monitor influenza activity and severity in the community. These data sources include laboratory-confirmed notifications to NNDSS; influenza associated hospitalisations; sentinel influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting from general practitioners; ILI-related community level surveys; and sentinel laboratory testing results.

Page last updated: 28 April 2022

The Australian Influenza Surveillance Report is published on a fortnightly basis during the influenza season, typically between May and October. Influenza activity updates will be published outside of the seasonal period.

Australian Influenza Surveillance Report No 01- fortnight ending 10 April 2022

Key Messages

It is important to note that due to the COVID-19 epidemic in Australia, data reported from the various influenza surveillance systems may not represent an accurate reflection of influenza activity. Results should be interpreted with caution, especially where comparisons are made to previous influenza seasons. Interpretation of 2020 influenza activity data should take into account, but are not limited to, the impact of social distancing measures, likely changes in health seeking behaviour of the community including access to alternative streams of acute respiratory infection specific health services, and focussed testing for COVID-19 response activities. For information on COVID-19 incidence, severity, and distribution in Australia, please refer to COVID-19 epidemiology reports.

Activity

  • Influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity in the community in 2022 has increased since March following the decrease in activity reported in mid-February.
  • In the year to date in 2022, there have been 1,024 notifications to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) in Australia, of which 666 notifications had a diagnosis date this fortnight. An increase in notifications of influenza has been observed from early March 2022.
  • From March 2022, the number of notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza reported in Australia has increased. However, the number of influenza notifications year-to-date remains below pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.

Severity

  • There is no indication of the potential severity of the 2022 season at this time.
  • In the year to date, of the 1,024 notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza, no influenza-associated deaths have been notified to the NNDSS.
  • There have been three hospital admissions due to influenza, including one ICU admission, reported across sentinel hospitals sites since commencement of seasonal surveillance in April 2022.

Impact

  • Given the low levels of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications, community ILI activity, and number of hospitalisations due to influenza at sentinel hospital sites, it is likely there is minimal impact on society due to influenza in 2022 to date.

At-risk populations

  • In 2022 to date, people aged 15–24 years and children aged younger than 10 years have the highest influenza notification rates.

Virology

  • To date, 97.3% of notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza to the NNDSS were influenza A, of which 93.0% were influenza A(unsubtyped), 3.1% were influenza A(H1N1), and 3.9% were influenza A(H3N2). Influenza B accounted for 0.8% of notifications, and 2.0% were untyped.

Vaccine match and effectiveness

  • It is too early to assess vaccine match and effectiveness for this season.
  • Please note that 2022 WHOCC data will be available from the next Australian Influenza Surveillance Report

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