With this set to be the worst flu season yet, a total (in NSW) of 2,345 newly confirmed flu cases have been recorded since June 2, six of those recorded have already died.
The NSW Health and Influenza Surveillance report which was made public a week ago said that those six deaths were people aged 60 and older.
Since January this year a total of 17,307 confirmed cases of the flu have been reported nationwide.
Last year a confirmed total of 17,439 were reported in which 40 people died of influenza, included two children under five.
Reported flu cases are already four times higher with experts warning the death toll will well and truly rise above last years. Meanwhile authorities are battling a nationwide flu vaccine shortage.
12.1 million doses of the vaccine already distributed and 400,0000 extra doses are headed this way to meet the demand.
With free flu vaccines distributed around the nation health authorities are urging people 65 and over, pregnant women, Aboriginal people and those with medical conditions to get the flu shot this season.