Warning after a number of 'Aussie flu' deaths

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The dominant circulating virus is of the Yamagata lineage, but the WHO-recommended composition of trivalent vaccines for use in the northern hemisphere's flu season was two influenza A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) and an influenza B virus of the Victoria lineage, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said.

Speaking today, a spokesperson for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: "Please do not visit hospital if you are or have been unwell with flu-like symptoms in the last seven days, unless it is an emergency. So, that's a bit of concern", she says.

Dr Kevin Kelleher, from the Health Protection department, told Independent.ie: "There have been a few deaths already. under 10 people have died so far this year".

All anyone can do to protect themselves against this years fierce flu is to get vaccinated, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands, get tested early, and stay home if they are sick.

In light of panic over reports of the vaccine's effectiveness, the CDC reported that it expects the American vaccine to be 32 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, but this week saw the flu become highly active in 21 states. She said a steering committee featuring representatives from all areas of the system discuss best practices and focus on limiting the spread of the virus."It keeps us aware of how we all help each other", she said. Healthy people can typically recover from the flu in less than two weeks with rest, fluids and pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, but antivirals can help prevent more serious complications, like pneumonia. The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given.

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

The deadly "Aussie flu" virus has claimed its first victims in Ireland as medics fear an outbreak as about to sweep the UK.

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People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

Some of Australia's A&E units had "standing-room only" after being swamped by more than 100,000 cases of the H3N2 strain.

Bennett said it's hard to say whether there will be a sudden explosion in cases - like there was last spring - or a steady stream, or if flu cases would decline this spring.

Who should get the vaccine?

People who fall sick with "Aussie flu" will suffer from typical flu symptoms but they will be far more severe. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients. On average, there are about 400 to 600 deaths a year which are associated with the flu indirectly.

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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