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Australian Flu hits UK

4th January 2018

People in the UK are facing the worst flu outbreak in the country in 50 years. The Public Health Agency has reported that a number of people have been admitted to intensive care in the UK and several deaths in Ireland have been attributed to strain A (H3N2). Strain A is known as Aussie Flu after hundreds of people died from this strain of flu in Australia earlier this year.

This year’s flu vaccine has been developed to tackle the main strains circulating this season, including A(H3N2). The B strain that is also now causing cases in the UK was absent from the 3-strain vaccine, and only present in 4-strain (quadrivalent) vaccines. Doctors are urging all those at risk to receive their vaccines urgently.

“The Australian experience showed that older people were more susceptible to the A(H3N2) strain of virus, so with families spending a lot of time together at this time of year, getting kids vaccinated can help reduce the spread of flu to older people,” Dr Johnston of the Public Health Agency said.

It is not too late to receive a dose of quadrivalent vaccine, which can safely be given to people who have already had the standard vaccine this season.

You can drop in to us in central London to have your flu jab during the week between 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday.

Read more about having a flu vaccine at Fleet Street Clinic.

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