Flu cases in Greater Bendigo are ten times higher than at the same time last year, the latest data from the Victorian Health Department shows.
There have been 468 cases of influenza in the region so far in 2019, up from 48 at the same time in 2018.
There were also 22 new cases in the region in the week starting from September 4.
A Bendigo Health spokesperson said there were still patients presenting at the hospital with the flu.
"We are prepared for the annual flu season and demand planning forms part of our winter strategy, including the promotion of flu vaccinations among staff," the spokesperson said.
It comes as the number of Victorians who have died from flu in 2019 surpasses 100 people.
There have been 125 deaths in the state. At least 105 of those people were living in residential aged care.
There have also been 57,103 influenza cases in Victoria this year, compared to only 11,608 cases in 2018.
The Victorian Health Department has encouraged people to stay aware of the risks.
"It is timely to remind Victorians to remain vigilant and protect themselves and others from spreading the virus through cough etiquette, hand hygiene and staying home if ill," a health department spokesman said in a statement.
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