Warning after a number of 'Aussie flu' deaths

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   DEADLY The killer strain of flu called H3N2 is striking people down across the UK

MMA champion and global star Conor McGregor was among those affected by the "Aussie flu", officially known as H3N2, with experts saying the current strain appears to be particularly resistant to vaccines. Moreover, most viruses separated from patient tissue samples have been related to the Yamagata lineage, not the Victoria lineage in vaccines being used this season.

As with any flu, the Australian flu is highly contagious and can spread quickly. In Butler County, there were 25 flu-related hospitalizations up until December 23, a 2 percent increase.

State Sen. Brownie Carson, D-Brunswick, said he's concerned that ME still doesn't have enough public health nurses on hand if a flu epidemic were to break out this season.

Around 170,000 influenza cases were reported during Australia's winter season, with more than 370 deaths, Sky reported.

Is the man flu real? 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.

"We lose a significant part of our hospital real estate to admit patients, which is what leads to some of the complications within the surge with wait times and unhappy patients", he explains. The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended this year.

The vaccine may be mismatched for the prominent strains spreading this year, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The HSE admitted that it is "preparing for the possibility of this being a busier flu season".

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"It's not possible to predict with certainty if the flu vaccine will be a good match for circulating flu viruses", the website says.

Hospitalization numbers are well above last year and above the five-year average. During the past two seasons, Arizona did not reach widespread activity until February. Hospitalizations due to the flu a year ago started to increase in December and peaked the last week of February.

The flu warning comes as 1,820 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza have hit 54 out of 62 counties and all boroughs of New York City, state data show. It is tracked by emergency room visits, and thermometer sales at local drug stores is also tracked to gauge illness in the region.

 Stay home from work or school when you're sick so you don't infect others.

The policy is in place through March 2018. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and sometimes a cough and sore throat.

Symptoms of Aussie flu are similar to those caused by regular flu, but they are more severe.

Amendments to the regulations allow for the removal of masks when health care workers are accompanying patients in the community, providing speech therapy services, or communicating with persons who lip read.

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