Fears rise over 'Aussie Flu' outbreak after deaths recorded in Ireland

Desiree Steele
January 2, 2018

A flu vaccine, available at pharmacies and in good supply in the United States, may not offer adequate protection against Type A, subtype H3N2, the influenza virus strain now circulating in the country, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday.

"It is not too late to get vaccines", says IMO member Dr Ray Wally.

The HSE is urging people in high-risk groups to get the flu vaccine.

The flu season, usually about 12 weeks long, may have started earlier than normal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

A survey released this week by the Walgreen's pharmacy indicates that Texas leads the country in flu activity, the Dallas Morning News reported.

What are the symptoms of 'Aussie flu?' False contrary outcomes for influenza tests are likewise normal, so it's imaginable the quantity of individuals with this season's cold virus is significantly higher.

The designated support people need to be free of flu symptoms and carefully follow infection control guidelines, such as hand washing.

However, those at greater risk such as elderly people should contact their GP for further advice.

"There are deaths every year that happen directly as a result of the flu", Dr Kelleher said "which account for about 18 to 20 fatalities".

Flu scientists are predicting that 2017's outbreak could be one of the worst in half a century.

Now Public Health England have revealed there has been a sharp rise in cases triggered by a surge in two aggressive sub-types of flu.

"Those people who ran into severe complications didn't have the vaccine", he said.

'The most important thing is that if people think they've got it is to stay at home and look after themselves'.

Those most at risk are the over 65s, pregnant women, young kids and those with chronic conditions - like diabetes, lung and heart disease.

But last week 522 cases of influenza A and 546 of influenza B were recorded across England and Wales. But a number of tragic deaths in Australia also showed how the H3N2 flu strain can prove lethal to healthy adults.

The A virus has caused some of the worst outbreaks in history, including the infamous Spanish flu in 1918 and swine flu in 2009.

The killer strain, called H3N2, has killed 300 people and affected 170,000 in Australia.

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