Smorgasbord Health Column – What is the Aussie Flu and preventing infection.

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I have posted on influenza in the past and I will do a brief summary later in the post on the precautions that you can take to help prevent contracting the virus.

What is the Aussie Flu?

Winter in Australia is during our own summer. Usually with modern travel the virus will appear in the UK and the rest of Europe at the start of our own flu season. The flu strain that has mutated in Australia has resulted in the worst flu season there for many years and the vaccines had little impact on the outbreak. There were a reported 170,000 cases of the flu, but that is only recorded and does not include the thousands who would have not visited a doctor or hospital.

Already numbers in the UK and Irish flu season are higher than last year and there have been some fatalities within the vulnerable groups…

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