Health warning after 'Aussie flu' blamed for deaths in Ireland

UMass researcher helps predict timing, peak of flu

Six myths about the flu

With several more months of flu season ahead of us, he says it's never too late to get vaccinated. "So, that's a bit of concern", she says.

Health officials are urging people in Northern Ireland to get vaccinated against flu after a number of deaths linked to an outbreak of the virus.

A number of people in Ireland have been killed by the deadly 'Aussie flu' virus, the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed. Even though the vaccine is not ideal, 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.

Stay home and avoid contact with people for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

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. Influenza A is the most common subtype in the region this season.

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If you got a flu shot five years ago, "in general, it's not effective", said Lockwood.

Last year, for instance, there were only 52 flu cases in ME through December 24 and 467 through the end of January, but cases surged in the last three months of the season. Despite these painful symptoms, most people will recover in less than two weeks.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed with the influx of infected patients seeing an average of 10 patients a day that are admitted for flu-symptoms.

A spokesperson for PHE told HuffPost UK: "We are now seeing a mix of flu types, including the A (H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia".

That's why we're tackling six major myths about the flu and how to treat it.

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Everyone can benefit from getting the vaccine. It's a symphony of achoo out there and the best medical advice is that you should get the flu shot as early as you can.

You can also get the flu shot at Rite-Aid or Kinney Drugs for about $38 if you have to pay out of pocket, but most insurances cover it.

However, such prediction can be wrong, leading to vaccines containing different viruses from those making people sick during flu season, the CDC said. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients.

H3N2, branded by British media as "Aussie flu", can lead to pneumonia and other potentially fatal complications.

Antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by 1 or 2 days. From 2009-2010 through 2015-2016, Idaho averaged 23 flu-related deaths per year.

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For people at high risk of serious flu complications, treatment with antiviral drugs can mean the difference between milder or more serious illness possibly resulting in a hospital stay.

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