HSE confirm number of ''Aussie Flu'' deaths in Ireland

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Reports that this year's flu vaccine is not effective against the strain that's circulating most widely: Type A, subtype H3N2.

The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) said a "small number" of people had died in the last fortnight after contracting the H3N2 strain, which was blamed for one of Australia's worst ever flu outbreaks a year ago. "So, that's a bit of concern", she says.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland, Kelleher said some people are more at risk of "Aussie flu" than others and that the symptoms can affect people very quickly, reported the Independent.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board say that hospitals across north Wales have seen an increase in patients being admitted with the flu, however it is only the Wrexham Maelor which has visiting restrictions in place at present.

Experts recommend everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot to prevent sickness, and, even though flu season is well underway, it's not too late to get vaccinated.

A Public Health England spokeswoman said: "The current flu vaccine is still the best defence we have against the virus".

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"The big thing about the flu is it's spread not just by contact, physical contact, but it can be spread by breathing air of somebody who has been sick with the flu", Kendrick said.

Australian flu is the name given to flu subtype influenza A (H3N2).

It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to the flu after you are vaccinated, so I encourage everyone who has not yet had a flu shot to get one today before the holidays.

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".

The peak of flu season is around the corner but the area is seeing a spike in cases right now.

The deadly "Aussie flu" now sweeping Britain has already claimed lives in Ireland, it has emerged.

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The number of people being treated for flu in England has already increased.

Everyone can benefit from getting the vaccine.

"There is not risk for getting the flu from your flu shot", he said.

"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.

Complications from the flu, he said, include pneumonia, respiratory failure and possible death.

You can infect others beginning one day before you get sick to about five to seven days after developing symptoms.

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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. On average, there are about 400 to 600 deaths a year which are associated with the flu indirectly.

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