A Queensland teenager has sadly died from the flu during one of the worst flu seasons recorded in Australia’s history.

Madeline Jones, aged 18, has 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.

The family of “Maddy” has spoken about their grief after the 18-year-old died from complications with the flu.

Maddy, who would have turned 19 on Sunday, was studying law and business at Queensland’s University of Technology, the Courier Mail reports.

“She was very funny, beautiful and very smart and she loved animals,” her mother Danielle Nielsen told the Courier Mail.

“She was a good girl and a good daughter. She was also very independent, very strong willed, very determined and that’s why she was going to make a great lawyer.”

It was during a holiday at Caloundra with her boyfriend Callum Royle that Maddy started showing symptoms of a sore throat and runny nose. Five days later, she was admitted to the intensive care unit at the Prince Charles Hospital where she fell into a coma and never woke up.

It’s reported Maddy died from complications that came from suffering the flu alongside a bacterial infection.

“It’s hard to believe that only a month ago we were having a discussion about our future and we were pretty certain that we were going to spend the rest of our lives together,” Callum told the Courier Mail.

Health experts admit this year’s flu jab has done little to stop one of the worst flu seasons in Australia’s history.

A ten-year-old boy from Queensland last month was fighting for life after being struck down with the illness.

Jaymon Gaul had a mild cough on the Saturday, but later that night became unresponsive, reports 9 news.

His mother, Tash, called an ambulance when he went limp, and he was airlifted from his local Chinchilla Hospital to Brisbane. He has been in the Intensive Care Unit ever since.

“On Saturday he was talking to me, and by Sunday his voice (had gone),” Tash Millar said.

“I keep talking to him and saying please keep fighting and let me hear your voice again.”

Jaymon remains on life support, and is receiving dialysis. He’s unable to breathe without assistance.

“No matter what the doctors tell me, because they have to tell me what can happen, I keep telling them it won’t happen,” Ms Millar said.

“He’s a little soldier and he’s going to fight.”

Ms Millar said she wants others warned to look out for any slightly unusual symptoms.


Last week we were very saddened to hear of a Canberra mother-of-two who died after developing complications linked to influenza.

Mother-of-two, Jennifer Thew, from the ACT, sadly died from acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Ms Thew and her seven-year-old daughter had reportedly been sick with the flu virus for a week.

It has been reported the mum worked as a medical receptionist and had been vaccinated against the flu.

A gofundme page has been set up to help support the family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family x

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Australia is in the grip of its worst influenza outbreak in 15 years

Doctors are urging the public to receive the free flu vaccine, saying it is more important than ever before.

A QLD boy has been left with permanent deafness after suffering complications from the flu.

In a similar case QLD Parents are determined to raise more awareness for sepsis after their teenage son sadly died three weeks after he suffered flu like symptoms.

Sadly an eight-year-old girl died as a result of the flu. Her family is urging parents to get their kids immunised against the flu!

In another case a young mum is fighting for life in an induced coma, after contracting the flu while pregnant. She has no idea her baby boy has been born.

An Adelaide mother has also pleaded with parents to ensure their children get a flu shot after her daughter nearly died from influenza, reports 9 news.

In another sad case a young Victorian dad passed away suddenly from the flu on what was supposed to be his first Father’s Day.

Authorities are now urging those who haven’t had a flu shot to get one, even though it is late in the season. And they advise people to be vigilant about washing their hands, to avoid spreading the virus.

Flu symptoms can be similar to those of a cold, although they tend to be more severe.

Symptoms can include:
dry, hacking cough
moderate-to-high fever (although not everyone with the flu will run a fever)
sore throat
shaking chills
severe muscle or body aches
stuffy and runny nose
profound fatigue (may last up to two weeks)

Colds come on gradually over a few days and are often milder than the flu. They usually get better in 7 to 10 days, although symptoms can last for up to 2 weeks.

Flu symptoms come on quickly and can be severe. They usually last 1 to 2 weeks.

Use your symptoms as a guide to figure out which condition you have. If you think you might have the flu, see your doctor to get tested within the first 48 hours of showing symptoms.

Contact your doctor right away if your symptoms do not improve or if they become severe.

Call a doctor right away if you or your child develop the following symptoms:
trouble breathing
extreme fatigue
refusing to eat or drink
trouble waking up or interacting

Share your comments below.

Image via 9 news

  • The worst part about this is that many doctors/hospitals don’t believe the parents when they present. This flu has been so bad and awful – just wish there was more that could be done.


  • So scary how this flu has gone around and take the lives of young, weak,strong and old.


  • How very sad. This flu scares me so much. Knowing the flu jab isn’t really stopping it is terrifying.


  • This is so sad. I know it happens every year but it’s such a shame that medicine can’t stop these deaths yet.


  • Poor Maddy. Such a beautiful and sweet soul. Rest in peace. :-(


  • It has been such a bad year fir flu deaths. I can’t remember a worse.


  • So horrifying and horribly sad. This year has been shocking for flu deaths – and how quickly it’s happened. To go from ok, to a few symptoms of a cold, to in a coma in a day is terrifying. Why the flu vaccine didn’t include this strain I don’t know. So many precious lives taken this year :(


  • It sure has been a devastating flu season this year. It’s definitely not the normal run of the mill flu anymore, it’s much more deadly


  • I really cannot believe the severity of our flu season this year! The indiscriminate way it has affected so many people, young and old, people in good health …. and, unfortunately, we are all guilty of trying to battle through the symptoms of colds and flu’s thinking our bodies can fight it ……. With so much heartbreak being seen, we really cannot take any chances any more and need to see a GP from the onset. RIP beautiful Maddy and sending healing prayers to Jaymon.


  • How awful, thoughts and prayers to everyone who has lost someone in this horrendous flu season. Stay safe and make sure to follow up immediately with your GP / ED if you’re concerned.


  • This Is so terrifying, that it can happen so suddenly. My thoughts and prayers for the boy and his family


  • I\’m lost for words – the flu this year has been awful. Deadly for so many, and so many others we don\’t hear reported who won\’t ever recover fully and have organ damage for life. The speed of this flu scares me – kids and adults going from maybe a cough or feeling off to critical in a matter of hours. Even when vaccinated. This strain clearly wasn\’t included or mutated against the vaccination. The past week I\’ve been a wreck with my 8 yr old having a cold. \’Colds\’ are so frequent with my 3 kids but the first time ever I\’ve panicked and straight to the dr hours after she started coughing and snotty nose. With this flu you can\’t be too careful. My thoughts to all families and people affected or so sadly died from the flu this year. It\’s just incomprehensible that the flu can kill so many so quickly. I know the flu can kill – most often those already vulnerable or sick – but kids and adults healthy then dead within hours from the flu is incomprehensible and so terribly sad :(


  • So difficult – you don’t want to over react, but then things change so quickly…


  • very tragic for her and her young family that is left behind. sending prayers for them and hope that some research is done to try to prevent this happening anymore


  • Heartbreaking. This flu has been so aggressive and severe.


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