Aussie flu symptoms: Signs you could have KILLER flu

Symptoms of Aussie flu are very similar to normal flu, but cases have been reported as more severe.

Sore throats, headaches and fevers are signs of infection, according to the Government of South Australia.

Other symptoms include muscle aches, fatigue, sneezing, running noses and coughs.

The symptoms usually fade within a week, although the cough and fatigue may last longer.

Aussie flu is reportedly more serious than the common cold; the deadly virus can also lead to pneumonia - swollen lungs - and other complications.

Those most at risk are the over-65s, pregnant women, young children, and those with chronic conditions. That includes heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

It usually takes between one and four days for the symptoms to develop after becoming infected, the Government said.

Once infected, you can pass on the flu virus to other people for the next eight days. But, those with weaker immune systems could still pass on the virus after the eight days.

For most people, the infection will pass by itself. But, you should see your GP if the symptoms don’t improve after seven days. If you’re over 65, pregnant or have a long-term medical condition, you should also see your GP.

To prevent Aussie flu from spreading, wash your hands as soon as possible after seeing or coughing. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub, and wash your hands for the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice.

There are also other ways to boost your immune system, including eating garlic and switching shower temperature.

Garlic stimulates the growth of more infection-fighting antibodies, according to one of the UK’s leading nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville.

Swapping the water temperature of your shower between hot and cold every two minutes will increase the amount of white blood cells your body develops, too, said Superfood UK nutritionist Shona Wilkinson.

The immune system is stimulated by your body trying to warm itself up from the cold water, and vice versa, and kickstarts the body’s natural immune response.

Last month, it was revealed that Aussie flu could be more fatal than the 1968 flu pandemic that killed over a million people worldwide.

The flu will be a huge drain on the NHS if we’re not ready for it, Dr Chris Steele said on This Morning.



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