Maine Officials Warn Of Sharp Uptick In Flu Hospitalizations

     KILLER Microscope image of the deadly H3N2 strain

What are the symptoms of 'Aussie flu?' So is it only a matter of time before the same happens across the rest of the UK?

Why has it been in the media recently?

Flu season is underway in ME, and state epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett says the dominant strain this year - influenza A - is particularly virulent.

Professor John Oxford is one of the UK's top experts on influenza and the scientific director for Oxford Media Medicine.

Water is your friend when you have the flu.

Most of the illness and hospitalizations so far this season have been caused by influenza A (H3N2) viruses, the CDC reported Wednesday in an official advisory.

Most health insurance plans cover influenza vaccines. It was witnessed predominantly in Australia this year, hence the name.

However, the 199 cases which have been reported so far this year are lower than the previous five seasons' average of 281.

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Fianna Fáil spokesperson on health, Billy Kelleher, says the Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed a number of people have died from the H3N2 strain.

"I don't give specific numbers when it's less than 10 because people could be identified".

The CDC recommends people at high risk for complications from the flu be treated with neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications as soon as possible once they become sick.

England, Wales and Scotland are also not immune to its spread.

Texas is among the 21 states now inundated with the virus, and H3N2 has accounted for between 66 and 75 percent of positive flu tests reported to its health department.

And she adds the messages about flu prevention are the same as they have been every year.

Sneezing, body aches, and coughing are some of the most common symptoms of the flu. That means flu has spread among patients and staff shutting down an entire floor to new admissions.

UFC fighter Conor McGregor has been struck down by deadly Australian flu over the festive period.

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People usually recover from flu within a week so, although the cough and fatigue may last longer.

Influenza B - a strain of flu that particularly affects children. However, the virus in the government-funded vaccine is the Victoria lineage.

AUSSIE flu outbreaks have surged by 48 per cent as the NHS braces for one of the worst flu seasons in 50 years.

"We therefore encourage all those who are eligible to take up the offer of the vaccine".

One of the dead was a woman in her 40s who, despite having been vaccinated, suffered from multiple diseases, including diabetes, according to Wu.

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declared last week that influenza is now prevalent in the state, triggering a requirement that health care workers who have not been immunized must wear masks in areas where patients are typically present. "Additionally, getting the vaccine is helpful, because it may reduce the severity or duration of flu symptoms".

So if you're still really ill after seven days, it's a good indication of something more serious.

Myth #2 - Healthy people do not need to be vaccinated. However, for those that are more vulnerable, it can be more severe and it is important to be aware of this and seek help when needed.

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