As Australia reopens its’ international borders to visa holders and fully vaccinated travellers on February 21, health authorities are preparing for the first significant influenza season in three years.  

Experts warn that it’s particularly important that pregnant women and children receive the influenza vaccine as they are at increased risk of experiencing severe symptoms and more likely to require medical intervention and/or hospitalisation.  

University of Sydney infectious disease expert Dr Booy said “I would say the flu in young children is worse than COVID is in young children”. 

Australians urged to get flu shot, with children more at risk from influenza than COVID-19