Aussie flu is now more SEVERE than swine flu - shock expert warning

A map of flu activity in the U.S. captured on Jan. 9 2018
A map of flu activity in the U.S. captured on Jan. 9 2018

13 January, 2018

"This is peak flu season".

The Department of Public Health confirms that the trend is nationwide.

To avoid overcrowding emergency departments, it's recommended patients check with their healthcare provider or an urgent care before going to the ER, and if coughing, wear a mask to the doctor's office.

Ron Roberts was the first supervisor to broach the subject of declaring an emergency, as the county did September 1 during the region's ongoing hepatitis A outbreak.

It is advised that people with higher risk of complications, such as those with heart and lung conditions, should seek medical help if they develop flu-like symptoms.

While the standard adult flu jab doesn't protect against "Japanese flu", the quadrivalent vaccine does offer protection against the bug.

Forecasters believe the weather will continue as it is now for the next few days - forcing adults to flock indoors and be surrounded by others. In the first week of January, the Mass. DPH says rates of flu-like illness have continued to rise.

Though the number is likely to grow as additional reports arrive from local providers, preliminary data tallies 2,992 confirmed flu cases last week. In that last week of December, Emergency Department visits were up 7%.

One assumes they were called out to take people to hospital in the Aussie flu crisis that has hit Malta.

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Five people have died from the flu in CT this season and now, doctors are reminding people to take precautions to prevent themselves from getting sick.

"The flu can make existing health problems worse and can be particularly risky for the 80 percent of older Ohioans who have at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease". Experts said even a less effective flu shot can help lessen symptoms.

Like that deadly 2014-2015 flu season, which caused about 20,000 deaths in the US, this year's predominate strain of flu is H3N2.

None of the county's assembled public health wizards would go quite so far.

It comes as another leading flu expert, Prof John Oxford, from Queen Mary University in London warned the "double-whammy" of kids returning to school after Christmas and an epidemic in France means "now is the danger period" for Brits.

One thing that is abundantly clear is that this has already been almost the deadliest flu season on record.

CDC monitoring data indicates that since October 1, 2017, a total of 119 patients have been diagnosed with severe flu complications, and 11 have died.

To be sure, this is not just a San Diego County problem.

She added that the "so-called Aussie flu, (H3N2) and H1N1 (swine flu) viruses which we have seen circulating are well matched so far" to the vaccines. Time - maybe days, maybe weeks, maybe months - usually pass between when a person tests positive for a disease and when they succumb to their illness.

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