Australian Flu: What You Need To Know After Fatalities Reported In Ireland

"Most people with egg allergies can get the standard flu vaccine", Blum said.

That's the message from health care providers, as this year's flu season gets off to "a fast start", according to Dr. Richard Lockwood, vice president and chief medical officer of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield's Central New York Region. The bold, red line below shows the numbers for the current season - riding along the path of the early spiking 2014-2015 season. As of this week, there have been 2,976 cases of flu reported compared to 347 for the same time period in 2016, which is a 758 percent increase in flu activity.

"The over-65 group is more susceptible to secondary infections, like pneumonia", said Lockwood.

However, the 199 cases which have been reported so far this year are lower than the previous five seasons' average of 281.

"A flu shot not only protects you from getting the flu, but also protects others from catching the flu from you", said Lockwood. Sick rooms can be shared with others who are sick and in households with more than one bathroom, sick people should use one while well people use the other.

Influenza s ymptoms tend to arise pretty suddenly, and can include: fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, chills/body aches, and headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. Even though the vaccine is not flawless, and is not a guarantee against all flu-like illnesses, what is true is that it will offer protection and it will lessen the course of the disease, even if you or your child contract influenza. "It's a double-dose type of situation".

H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the U.S. in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts.

If you haven't already gotten your flu vaccine, doctors say it's not too late.

Overall, he said, it's a virus that tends to thrive during the cold-weather months. In New York, there were 19 pediatric influenza deaths over the past three seasons and almost 11,200 flu-related hospitalizations each season.

Some critics are questioning if the vaccine has been effective this year. That doesn't mean people should skip it, said Lockwood.

As with any flu, the Australian flu is highly contagious and can spread quickly. In severe cases, the flu can also affect a person's lungs and ability to breathe normally.

The Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone age 6 months or older consider getting the flu shot.

Scotland Health Care System is instituting visitor restrictions beginning on Wednesday.

Still uncertain? It's always a good idea to run any concerns you may have about who should get the shot and when past your doctor.

Battle: The MMA fighter and boxer said that he had been left shaken by the illness, which has affected many people in Ireland this festive season.

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