Flu warning as ‘Aussie Flu’ hits Northern Ireland

The seasonal flu has been particularly bad this year with about 4 1/5 million people suffering symptoms so far and those that have been hospitalised having almost tripled compared to last year.1 in 4 of the patients admitted have been diagnosed as suffering from the H3N2 strain, dubbed the Australian Flu’.

The flu vaccinations have been offered to those that fall into the high risk groups. These include the elderly, those who are pregnant and those with pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk of contracting the virus, just to name a few. But this comes as news from health professionals that warn that this years vaccination seem to not be effective against this particular virulent strain. Despite this Dr’s are still encouraging patients to get their vaccination if they are offered.

Symptoms Include:

  • A high fever which is 38c and above;
  • cough that feels dry & chesty (also a sore throat can exhibit);
  • tired & lack of Energy;
  • aches and pains that are not normal;
  • painful stomach & diarrhea;
  • headaches;
  • nausea and vomiting;
  • lack of appetite;
  • and a poor sleep pattern that is not normal.

The advise is that if you fall into one of the at risk groups and haven’t done so already, that you get your vaccine ASAP as it can take up to 14 days to take full effect and protection. The vaccine can make you exhibit flu-like symptoms for a short time, BUT IT DOESN’T GIVE YOU THE FLU.

Those with flu symptoms are advised to seek medical advice from you GP if symptons persist for more than 7 days without getting better. If you develop serious symptons like chest pain or difficulty breathing you should seek immediate medial advice from you local hospital or call 999.

All other cases of suspected flu should be treated at home till they pass and to prevent spread only leave the house if absolutely necessary.

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