Only two areas in the United Kingdom remain unaffected by 'Aussie flu'

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Only two areas in the United Kingdom remain unaffected by 'Aussie flu'

In late December, both Union Hospital (Terre Haute and Clinton) and Terre Haute Regional Hospital announced temporary visiting restrictions because of the spread of influenza, the flu.

It's the first Monday back for many on holiday break and experts are warning flu season is expected to be worse than previous years due to this year's flu vaccine not being very effective.

And since the flu season could last well into March or April, there's still plenty of time for it to make a difference.

"The nasal spray vaccine past year reduced children's risk of flu by 65per cent meaning they were less likely to spread it to relatives and others they come into close contact with".

"That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick", the CDC says.

Island Health has finished their public flu shot clinics for the year but recommends going to your local pharmacy or clinic to get immunized. "Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose". Those are working really well this flu season, the CDC says. On Friday, a report showed that the flu killed 27 people aged 65 or younger in just three months. So do masks protect you from the flu?

No, you don't get the flu from the vaccine because the vaccine is made from an inactivated virus that can't transmit infection. Since it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to cause an adequate immune response to protect you, if you haven't gotten yours already, don't delay.

These anti-viral agents work only when given within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms. You can pass on the flu to someone else at least one day before you feel symptoms.

There are specific parameters used to determine if the flu has reached epidemic levels.

Now bunged-up children are set to return to school and send those number soaring as they spread the virus.

Shortages of Tamiflu have been reported in Southern California over the weekend, but is now available at pharmacies in Parker, AZ.

The flu is considered to be widespread nationally.

Of those, the CDC estimates that as many as 56,000 have died from the viral infection in a given recent year. People who have the flu usually have symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, extreme fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use again this season.

THE flu can affect anyone at any age, but some people are more at risk than others.

Murti says in a normal season influenza A will peak around the end of December or through January, and the influenza B will peak toward the end of February into the spring.

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