Flu season officially begins in October but this year's particularly risky strain, H3N2, has come relatively early and the season has not reached its peak yet. "Half the family hit with the Australian flu virus and some even left in hospital with it", he said in the post, as widely reported in the media. "So, that's a bit of concern", she says.
The number of flu-related deaths recorded in Ireland so far is under ten, with the HSE urging people to get vaccinated against it.
In light of panic over reports of the vaccine's effectiveness, the CDC reported that it expects the American vaccine to be 32 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, but this week saw the flu become highly active in 21 states. Even though the vaccine is not ideal, 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. "The flu vaccine is made to protect against the flu viruses that research and surveillance indicate will likely be most common during the season". 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.
Dr Richard Roberts, from Public Health Wales said: "The flu vaccine remains available and we would strongly advise that those aged 65 years and over, between six months and 65 years in risk groups and pregnant women who have not had their flu vaccine this winter, to make sure they don't miss out and speak to their GP surgery or community pharmacy as soon as a possible".
Symptoms of Aussie flu are similar to those caused by normal flu, but they are more severe.
Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections or hospitalizations.
Bennett said it's hard to say whether there will be a sudden explosion in cases - like there was last spring - or a steady stream, or if flu cases would decline this spring.
Everyone can benefit from getting the vaccine.
Flu season is getting an early start in the Chattanooga area.
'The most important thing is that if people think they've got it is to stay at home and look after themselves'. Flu shots can also be administered through local healthcare providers and pharmacies. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients.
Government statistics showed 1,111 people were struck down with the disease as temperatures plummeted last week - a 156 per cent jump on the previous seven days.
Most people who get influenza recover after a few days, but some people may develop serious complications. On average, there are about 400 to 600 deaths a year which are associated with the flu indirectly.