woman with flu

It seems everyone is sick this winter -- and more sick than ever before. That's the anecdotal information you've probably gleaned from a glance across your empty office or a quick scan of the news.

Recently, an otherwise healthy 13-year old Melbourne girl passed away just days after contracting the flu; a toddler in Western Australia fell victim to a suspected influenza virus too. In the media, it’s being deemed as one of the deadliest flu seasons yet. "Horror flu season," the headlines scream. “Worse on the way." "Fears the flu vaccine could be ineffective.”

How solid are these claims, and exactly how much hand sanitiser should you be using? Crikey did some digging and spoke to the experts.