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Flu warning

Victoria's Chief Health Officer has advised that confirmed influenza cases in Victoria are up 81 per cent over last year.

The good news is there is plenty of vaccine available and it's never too late to vaccinate.

Severe disease from seasonal influenza is more likely with the elderly, infants and those with chronic conditions, such as heart or lung disease, renal failure, diabetes and neurological conditions.

Also at increased risk are people with compromised immune systems, overweight, pregnant and smokers. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people also generally experience more severe illness.

Severe disease may also occur in otherwise healthy children and young adults. Annual infection rates in the general community are typically five to ten per cent, but may be up to 20 per cent in some years.

Vaccination can be obtained from GPs and accredited immunisation providers and pharmacies.