As Australia remains in the grip of a severe flu season, a new vaccine may be able to take on two deadly respiratory diseases at once.
Flu season started early in 2019 – and with devastating effect, with as many people diagnosed so far this year as in all of 2018.
Australia has also reached another unwanted milestone, with a total of 79 deaths by mid-May – 26 of them in Victoria alone, including three children – compared to 57 in the whole of last year.
Meanwhile, the country has seen influenza vaccine supplies hit by distribution issues, with South Australia seemingly the most affected. However, the state is also the site of groundbreaking research in the field.