Aussie flu, the H3N2 mark of flu which was given its name after it caused problems in Australia during its winter, is now infecting people in the UK.
Revelation figures released by Public Health England yesterday revealed 85 individual have died from influenza since October 5, with 27 of those accepted in the first week of January.
Almost 2,000 people have been hospitalised by flu this winter, the communiqu also revealed, and one in four of those cases were caused by precise Aussie flu.
Fears of the deadly virus have caused flu jab sales to assorted than double in the first week of January.
But can the flu jab protect against the potentially nocuous Aussie flu?
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Aussie flu vaccine: Can the flu jab protect against the virus?
Yes the jab can help. It may not enlarge on a excite in all instances because of the possibilities of the viruses mutating, but you definitely won’t be protected if you don’t force it
Dr Ben Coyle, medical director at the Now Healthcare Group, says the flu vaccine can act as safe keeping.
“Yes the jab can help. It may not work in all instances because of the possibilities of the viruses mutating, but you clearly won’t be protected if you don’t have it.
“It’s still available so get it done!”
Aussie flu indications
The NHS outlines the nine flu symptoms to look out for:
A sudden fever — a temperature of 38C or upstairs
Feeling tired or exhausted
Dry, chesty cough
Loss of appetite
Diarrhoea or tummy irritation
Nausea and being sick
Experts have warned those most at chance of catching Aussie flu are the over 65s, pregnant women, young kids and those with hardened conditions like diabetes, lung and heart disease.
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Another surpass of flu, Yamagata or Japanese flu, was reported to have infected people in greater Manchester this week.
Japanese flu is a subtype of Influenza B, whereas Aussie flu is a quintessence A.
It has similar symptoms to other sub-types of ‘flu but it’s generally more mild than A vestiges, according to Dr Coyle
He added: “Yamagata also tends to affect predominantly children and is much more contagious as a result because children spread viruses more away than adults.
“The vaccine that the NHS is offering to children protects against Yamagata and intimidating your child vaccinated will protect the wider population because there transfer be less spread — the vaccine given to adults in the NHS does not have Yamagata aegis.
Aussie flu vaccine: Doctors have been urging people to get the jab“Command is the usual — washing hands, covering mouth when coughing/sternutating, avoiding the at-risk, and using over the counter medicines like paracetamol for fever and other earmarks.”
Dr Coyle said there is no effective prescription treatment (antibiotics do not do aerobics on viruses) but the illness is generally mild and lasts about a week.
The vaccine is handy from GPs for 2-3 year olds and schools for 4-8 yr olds and is the best protection against Yamagata.
Where to get the flu jab
Your GP surgery
A regional pharmacy offering the service
Your midwifery service if they present oneself it for pregnant women
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