What is Australian flu and should we be anxious?

What is Australian flu and should we be anxious?

What is Australian flu and should we be anxious?

"Half the family hit with the Australian flu virus and some even left in hospital with it", he said in the post, as widely reported in the media.

Forty-nine states and Puerto Rico reported either regional or widespread flu activity during the week ending December 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent surveillance report.

Flu season runs from October through the month of April, but now with so much more worldwide travel, there are actually cases of influenza reported year round according to Livingston County Medical Director Dr. Don Lawrenchuk.

Most flu cases so far this year have been found to be caused by Type B in the Yamagata lineage.

That's because this year's vaccine may not effectively protect against two strains of flu, called H3N2 and the Influenza B virus. Lawrenchuk says the virus mutates from year to year so it's very hard to predict with 100% certainty which strain will be circulating in a community. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and sometimes a cough and sore throat.

"Avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they are presenting symptoms of flu". The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given.

However, such prediction can be wrong, leading to vaccines containing different viruses from those making people sick during flu season, the CDC said.

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Experts warned to expect the worst outbreak in 50 years back in September as the NHS urged all eligible Brits to get the free flu jab - but admitted it was too late to tweak the strains in their stockpile. Even though the vaccine is not ideal, and is not a guarantee against all flu-like illnesses, what is true is that it will offer protection and it will lessen the course of the disease, even if you or your child contract influenza. That means flu has spread among patients and staff shutting down an entire floor to new admissions.

As a result the health board are asking patients to help prevent the spread of flu and only essential visits will be allowed at the Maelor at this time. Statistically, every 100 people who get the flu will infect 127 others.

Flu typically begins in October and can last through May, with January and February being the peak months.

State Sen. Brownie Carson, D-Brunswick, said he's concerned that ME still doesn't have enough public health nurses on hand if a flu epidemic were to break out this season. Carson said he's "encouraged" to see the Maine Department of Health and Human Services advertise for public health nursing positions and hopes they will be filled soon.

"The best you can do with covering your cough, using hand sanitizer is a good method", she said.

Dr Iley concluded: "You should see a GP if your symptoms last for more than seven days, or if you're in one of the high risk groups discussed earlier".

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