Hospitals are turning flu patients away

Hospitals are turning flu patients away

The HSE said that Australian flu season has been dominated by influenza A (H3N2) co-circulating with influenza B, but that the H3N2 is similar to the strain that dominated last year's flu season in Ireland. Between the beginning of flu season in October and December 16, there have been 2,711 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza, and 953 people hospitalized. "So, that's a bit of concern", she says.

Thirteen Allina Health hospitals in Minnesota implemented patient restrictions today giving nurses the authority to ask ill visitors to go home if their symptoms are not dire and especially if they are under five years old to prevent the spread of disease.

Getting vaccinated still provides protection against infection and maintaining good personal hygiene by washing hands frequently, wearing a mask in crowded places and seeing a doctor when symptoms arise can also enhance protection, he said.

"The effectiveness of the vaccine can reach 60 to 70 percent if the predicted influenza B lineage matches the dominant circulating virus", he said. Sick rooms can be shared with others who are sick and in households with more than one bathroom, sick people should use one while well people use the other.

"It will not only help to protect them from flu, but also those they come into contact with", she said.

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

It is not too late to get vaccinated, and there are ample amounts of the vaccine available, Zucker said.

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". As of September 2017 there were more than 137,500 reported cases of flu in Australia, according to news.com.au, which was more than double the number of cases from the year before.

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Britons are being warned that a "killer Aussie flu" epidemic which affected 250,000 Australians and left hundreds dead last winter is poised to strike the United Kingdom.

Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections or hospitalizations.

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.

Everyone can benefit from getting the vaccine.

"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. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients.

Symptoms can last for up to one week.

Most people who get influenza recover after a few days, but some people may develop serious complications. From 2009-2010 through 2015-2016, Idaho averaged 23 flu-related deaths per year.

120 to 2,000 will die of complications from the virus.

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