What is Australian flu and should we be anxious?

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     KILLER Microscope image of the deadly H3N2 strain

GETTY KILLER Microscope image of the deadly H3N2 strain

Other data shows that the southern region of the United States is reporting more flu-like activity so far.

In a statement, the executive said the number of reported cases of flu had increased in the week before Christmas and that flu "is now actively circulating in Ireland".

The Aussie flu affected 250,000 Australians last winter, with hundreds dying as a result of contracting the virus. The state ended up with 5,830 reported cases of flu in 2016-17, more than twice the previous year's total.

A further 73 people have been hospitalised.

"The restrictions also include not permitting children under the age 14 in the hospital for visitation purposes or anyone who exhibits flu or cold symptoms", said Bryan Bucklew, president and CEO of GDAHA.

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.

We're right in the middle of flu season and if you've ever had it, you know how sick you can get. "For people with really severe egg allergies, there is a completely egg-free vaccine available".

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told CNN previously that "when we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely".

"It's always a little bit of guesswork", Bennett said.

Area health specialists say it's too soon to say how bad this year's flu season will be. This brings the total to 13 deaths, according to a news release.

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Dr. Mendoza is reminding people that the flu is a respiratory viral illness, and now is a good time to remind residents about ways to prevent the transmission of the illness.

Antiviral drugs (which require a doctor's orders) won't totally cure the flu, but they can make symptoms milder and shorter, and they are especially effective if taken in the first 48 hours of illness onset.

"Normally we see flu vaccines with effective levels around 55-60 percent".

People can find a place to get vaccinated at vaccinefinder.org.

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

In his deleted comments on social media, McGregor said that he wanted to leave the bad experience of the flu behind him.

A bill approved by the Legislature over Gov. Paul LePage's veto requires that ME have at least 50 public health nurses.

"I am concerned that any significant increase in cases could pose a serious threat to our already overburdened hospital system". Even though the vaccine is not flawless, 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.

"It would not only be helpful, but absolutely crucial to fill these positions", he said.

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