The H3N2 strain affected up to 170,000 people in Australia, with over 300 reported to have died, and now Brits are being warned it could spark the worst flu outbreak in the country in 50 years.
He couldn't comment on specific cases. "It's not as aggressive as H1N1 was back around 2009, but it's more aggressive" than usual.
The public health department said that, if you have not received a flu shot yet, it's not too late.
While no deaths have yet been reported in the UK, Public Health England's latest flu report reveals that 17 people are now in intensive care or a high-dependency unit with H3N2.
Many of these facilities, Thihalolipavan said, are working to get all of their residents and workers vaccinated and are taking steps to reduce the amount of contact in shared spaces from day rooms to dining rooms.
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The aggressive A strain has already triggered two and a half times the normal number of cases in Australia.
The PHE have said only adults given the quadrivalent vaccine would face protection from the emerging B strain.
The situation has caused British surgeons to cancel 55,000 surgeries due to the massive flu virus outbreak that has caused a bed shortage at United Kingdom hospitals while ambulances were experiencing record delays unseen in the past in transferring patients to different hospitals as the number of patients affected by the influenza virus continues to rise.
Doctors still recommend getting the vaccine, especially the most sensitive groups, like people over the age of 65.
Nick Phin of Public Health England said: "Flu activity, as measured by a number of different systems, has continued to increase in the last week or two".
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Estimates are that the vaccine is 30 percent effective against the nasty H3N2. That does not necessarily predict how the virus and vaccine will act in the US, but it can one indicator.
Still, being vaccinated can make any influenza infection less severe in some cases, he said.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. They agreed to explore the idea of doing more to combat the flu, even broaching the possibility of declaring a local health emergency as they did in September during the region's hepatitis A outbreak, if necessary.
"The B virus isn't coped with fully in the vaccine that was administered in 2017, but last year's virus is partially coped with in the stream that's in the vaccine". He noted hand-washing as another critical factor.
"You still end up preventing tens of thousands of cases and hospitalizations, and you prevent a lot of deaths when you're looking across an entire nation", she said. If a patient is seen within 48 hours of becoming sick, then doctors can prescribe Tamiflu to treat it. At that point, the illness is best treated symptomatically, like using cough medicine.
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