Melbourne mother-of-three the latest victim of Australia’s horror flu season.

Tennille Smith, from Mill Park, started feeling ill on her 40th birthday, on October 8, and collapsed at home days later after believing her symptoms would pass, her family said.

She spent more than a week at at the Northern Hospital being treated for the flu and pneumonia before she died.

“It’s devastating. Our family has been turned upside down,” said her father, Garry Seamer.

“But we’re not the only people who’ve lost someone from the flu this year. There’s just got to be more awareness for people out there.

Mrs Smith managed to cling to life for just one more day so that her organs would be in good shape for donation.

‘Even right to her last breath, giving her organs to provide hope for other people’.

Just last week young, Madeline Jones, aged 18,  become the latest victim of the country’s deadly flu outbreak where she become unwell while on a holiday to the Sunshine Coast with her boyfriend two weeks ago and fell into a coma. Read more here.

QLD teenager the latest flu victim


PLEASE if you are feeling unwell do not hesitate to visit a doctor.

Doctors have blamed a cheap flu vaccine for Australia’s horror flu season, as the deadly virus claimed hundreds of lives.

Professor Paul Van Buynder, chair of the Immunisation Coalition, told the Daily Telegraph the government needs to invest in the stronger vaccine, regardless of the cost.

Meanwhile Professor Brendan Murphy, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, denied claims cheap vaccines were used in the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

Professor Murphy said the stronger vaccinations that are available internationally were ‘currently not able to be supplied in Australia’.

‘The choice of vaccines is based on recommendations from independent medical experts including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation,’ he said.

Our thoughts are with Tennille’s family and friends.

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  • Such a tragedy for Tennille’s family especially so close to Christmas. My thoughts are with them.


  • I was told by 2 medical personell from different practises that this vaccination does not cover the additional strain of flu that has invaded us recently


  • There’s no doubt that there seem to have been many more deaths than usual this season.


  • I love it- we’re supposed to be ‘the lucky country’ and our government can’t be stuffed spending a bit more money on getting better vaccines when we are some of the highest taxed people, one of the most expensive countries in the world. Lucky indeed. People are dying and it could have been prevented- wake up!


  • This is just so incredibly sad, I feel for the family.


  • So sad to hear of another death due to the flu and complications. Sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones


  • A very sad story, perhaps as a community we need to focus on stopping the spread of these virus and being more tolerant to being able to take time off work to recover and not pass it on to those more vulnerable,


  • More and more I start to doubt if we should take the flu vaccination at all. We don’t built our immune system with that or any defensibility…


  • It is not the flu that is killing people rather it is their poor immune system. Blaming inferior vaccines sounds a bit strange to me. What other vaccines are an inferior product?


  • What a sad story. I feel so sorry for her family.


  • who would think that the flu could kill in this day and age. Such tragedies.


  • Another tragedy from an illness that just shouldn’t kill in this day and age.


  • I just saw this on the news,my heart goes out to the family.


  • Such a terrible tragedy. This flu or rather the complications are very unpredictable.


  • Surely a slightly inferior vaccine is still better than no vaccine at all? Perhaps more money should be invested in supporting workers being able to stay home when they’re sick instead of our nation full of casuals needing to go to work to pay their bills no matter how sick they are and spreading their germs around?


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