Health warning shared as HSE confirm Aussie Flu related deaths

03 January, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
  • Health warning shared as HSE confirm Aussie Flu related deaths

Indeed, seasonal influenza causes up to half a million deaths every year worldwide, as the New England Journal of Medicine noted, and the nation sees a staggering 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations from the flu annually.

Dr Kelleher urged people to get the vaccination ASAP and said that the more people who get the vaccination, the less chance of it spreading.

The so-called "Aussie flu" is a particularly virulent strain of influenza A and is said to have triggered the huge rise in cases, along with an aggressive B subtype.

He said while strains can be different and break out in different human populations across the globe at different times, the one they've been seeing more this season, strain A, affects certain populations - young children, age 65 and older, pregnant women and high-risk patients with illnesses like asthma or Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia (COP) - more severely and see more hospitalizations and a higher death rate.

Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue - whereas a cold usually starts gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or a runny nose.

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She said their goal through this season is to minimize exposure for everyone and if someone comes through the clinics or emergency department and are displaying flu-like symptoms, they are immediately masked. Moreover, most viruses separated from patient tissue samples have been related to the Yamagata lineage, not the Victoria lineage in vaccines being used this season.

In Maine, about 55-60 percent of flu cases in 2015-16 were influenza A, with the remainder influenza B, but so far this flu season about 80-90 percent of cases are influenza A.

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.

A Public Health England spokeswoman said: "The current flu vaccine is still the best defence we have against the virus".

"There are a number of ways to limit the spread of flu".

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Blum pointed out that many groups who may think they should avoid the shot are mistaken.

What's not measured, he said, is what happens if you get the flu.

PHE said it will continue to actively monitor flu activity. Winter might have technically just arrived a couple of weeks ago, but flu season appears to be in full bloom and historically reaches its apex between now and February.

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association announced last week that adult, short-term acute care hospitals has implemented restrictions in an effort to minimize the spread of respiratory infections to hospital patients, employees and community members. "Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, and practise good hand hygiene".

You can infect others beginning one day before you get sick to about five to seven days after developing symptoms.

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