Flu claims 43 lives in Metro South region during one of the worst seasons on record

DANGEROUS: Nearly 700 people have been hospitalised with the flu in the Metro South region this year. Photo: AAP
DANGEROUS: Nearly 700 people have been hospitalised with the flu in the Metro South region this year. Photo: AAP

NEARLY 50 people have died from the flu in the Metro South hospital area in one of the worst seasons on record.

About 65,000 lab-confirmed flu cases have been recorded so far this year, nearly 9000 more than in the then-record-breaking 2017 season.

Health Minister Steven Miles described the figure as staggering.

Of nearly 200 flu deaths across the state between January 1 and September 26, 43 have been in the Metro South area, which includes Redlands, Logan and Beaudesert hospitals as well as the Princess Alexandra Hospital and QEII.

There have so far been 678 people admitted to hospital with the flu in the region.

While the season is now in decline after peaking in August, Mr Miles warned it was not over yet.

"So far this year 2930 people were admitted to hospitals across the state with 285 requiring acute care in ICU," Mr Miles said.

"Even if you're fit and healthy the flu can make you extremely unwell and sadly in some cases, cause death.

"Tragically, at least 191 deaths have been recorded associated with the flu so far this year.

"Every death is one too many, these were Queenslanders with families and loved ones and prevention has to be a priority for all of us."