Cases of Aussie flu have been confirmed in the UK as people in Hull report cases of flu-like illnesses.
According to the FluSurvey website, Hull has a higher number of reports of people suffering from the flu than most places in the country at the moment.
Based on people reporting the flu themselves, Hull is one of the places in the UK with the highest amount of flu illnesses.
Public Health England says that since the first week of October, 410 people have been confirmed as having the flu in Yorkshire and the Humber – the second highest amount of cases just behind the whole of the north west. The number of cases is now declining, but Hull still has one of the highest levels in the country.
A number of cases of so-called Aussie flu – the H3N2 strain – have been reported across the UK. The illness came to widespread attention after a large number of cases in the UK and Australia in and .
According to Public Health England’s most recent influenza report – which covers the week ending January – there were 1, People admitted to hospital suffering from ‘Aussie flu’.
A further 2, cases were flu strain A (not subtyped), 189 were H1N1 (commonly known as swine flu) and 364 were influenza B.
The highest amount of hospitalsisations for the flu in our area came in week of last year – the penultimate week of December – when 0.4 per 147, 24 People were hospitalized and admitted to either an intensive care unit or a high dependency unit.
A spokesman for Public Health England said that it is difficult to provide definitive data for rates of flu, as people oft en self medicate and don’t seek medical attention.
Dr Nicholas Aigbogun, consultant in communicable disease control at Public Health England’s Yorkshire and the Humber Health Protection team, said: “Influenza activity in Yorkshire and the Humber is Currently at low intensity levels and continues to decrease, both locally and nationally.
“At the same time, influenza vaccine update figures in Yorkshire and Humber have been slightly higher. than the national average. We continue to recommend people who are eligible for flu vaccination to take up the offer, as it is a particularly serious illness, particularly for those who have essential medical conditions.
“Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to avoid getting the flu, and you can help to stop the spread of flu germs by using the ‘catch it , bin it, kill it ‘procedure.
“Flu is spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for ” hours. To reduce the risk of spreading flu, wash your hands often with warm water and soap. Use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze; bin used tissues a quickly as possible – use a tissue when you sneeze or blow your nose, and wash your hands thoroughly. “
What are the symptoms of Aussie flu?
Australian flu is essentially like most of forms of flu (influenza).
One of the strains of influenza recorded in the UK this year is a type of A flu known as H3N2.
(The NHS says
- (aching body) feeling tired or exhausted
- dry, chesty cough
- sore throat (headache) difficulty sleeping
- take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
- loss of appetite diarrhoea or tummy pain
- nausea and being sick
The symptoms are similar for children but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.
To help you get better more quickly, the NHS says you should:
(rest and sleep) keep warm
drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear) Should you go to a doctor if you have flu?
You should see a GP if:
- your symptoms don’t improve after seven days You’re worried about your child’s symptoms
or over You are pregnant You have a long-term medical condition – for example diabetes or a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease You have a weakened immune system – for example because of chemotherapy or HIV
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