Public health warning after 'Aussie flu' claims Irish lives

Public health warning after 'Aussie flu' claims Irish lives

Public health warning after 'Aussie flu' claims Irish lives

With several more months of flu season ahead of us, he says it's never too late to get vaccinated.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher issued a warning to Minister Simon Harris on the Fianna Fáil website, asking that the resources are in place to deal with a possible surge in the number of people being admitted to hospital following a spike in the number of "Aussie flu" cases.

Flu season officially begins in October but this year's particularly unsafe strain, H3N2, has come relatively early and the season has not reached its peak yet.

In the U.S last season, overall vaccine effectiveness against all circulating flu viruses was 39 percent, and effectiveness was only a bit lower - 32 percent - against H3N2 viruses.

That's the message from health care providers, as this year's flu season gets off to "a fast start", according to Dr. Richard Lockwood, vice president and chief medical officer of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield's Central New York Region. Typical symptoms include coughs, a runny nose, fever, sore throat, fatigue, aches and pains.

The flu shot has been plagued by stories of its ineffectiveness.

The deadly "Aussie flu" now sweeping Britain has already claimed lives in Ireland, it has emerged.


Battle: The MMA fighter and boxer said that he had been left shaken by the illness, which has affected many people in Ireland this festive season.

"I'm not sure if the Australian flu is the Irish flu because they got it from us, or it's the Australian flu because we got it from them, but we know it's that virus", he said. In New York, there were 19 pediatric influenza deaths over the past three seasons and almost 11,200 flu-related hospitalizations each season.

It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to the flu after you are vaccinated, so I encourage everyone who has not yet had a flu shot to get one today before the holidays.

PHE said it will continue to actively monitor flu activity. That means flu has spread among patients and staff shutting down an entire floor to new admissions. "Those things make us concerned that we're going to have a lot of sick people".

Leis said the flu this year has three different strains and the vaccine is likely to provide "good protection" for at least two. "So when it is spread, usually we're all just inside, the air isn't circulating like it normally does, so that's why we usually see a jump of cases in the winter", she said.

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.

Antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by 1 or 2 days.

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