Aussie Flu Could Be Worst Ireland Has Seen In Decades

Australian flu claims first victims in Ireland as doctors fear deadly UK outbreak

Australian flu claims first victims in Ireland as doctors fear deadly UK outbreak

Now Public Health England have revealed there has been a sharp rise in cases triggered by a surge in two aggressive sub-types of flu.

The main strain posing a risk in Ireland is the so-called "Aussie flu", a virulent strain of influenza A. The H3N2 subtype triggered two-and-a-half times the normal number of cases in Australia.

The United Kingdom is now copping a full force blast of that atrocious and extremely risky influenza strain that swept across Australia this past flu season.

This morning, HSE's assistant national director for health protection Dr Kevin Kelleher spoke on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland about the looming prospect of a flu epidemic.

And the HSE has revealed under ten people have died from influenza so far this winter.

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

Experts fear the virulent flu strain, which has now reached the United Kingdom, could prove as deadly as the Hong Kong flu in 1968, which killed one million people.

In the majority of cases, this flu, while serious, can be treated at home. It spreads much easier in the cold weather.

However, this winter's outbreak shows no signs of slowing down, as flu cases are expected to rocket even further in the coming weeks.

In October, five days after her initial flu symptoms, Madeline Jones, an 18-year-old Queensland teenager, was admitted to hospital where she fell into a coma and never woke up.

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Local doctors say it is still not too late to get your flu shot even though the shot is only 10% effective, the shot could make the effects of the flu less sever if you get sick.

Kelleher explained that some people are more at risk of "Aussie flu" than others and that the symptoms can affect you very quickly.

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

Writing about his recent press coverage, he said: "I may go back to the back pages instead of the front pages again but I have a feeling these journalists now just want me in the obituary pages so we shall see".

'As far as past seasons where H3N2 has been predominant, there have been more hospitalizations and complications with it, ' said Texas Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Lara Anton.

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