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National death toll nears 300 in Australian flu epidemic with young and old effected

A Melbourne family say they are heartbroken after a 13-year-old girl died from the flu late last week, as the national death toll nears 300.

Crystal-lee Wightley had the flu for three days before she died at her family’s home.

So far this year there have been 131,000 flu cases across Australia and 287 deaths nationally, according to the federal health department – and the health and care system is struggling to cope.

Read more in The Guardian.

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