Aussie flu symptoms: Boots flu jab ‘DOES protect against deadly flu virus’

Aussie flu is caused by the Influenza A H3N2 virus strain, said Boots pharmacist, Angela Chalmers.

The Boots trivalent and quadrivalent flu vaccines for this winter does protect against the strain, she said.

The public should still get the flu jab if they haven’t done so already, to lower their risk of getting the deadly Aussie flu, she added.

The main difference between normal flu and Aussie flu is the severity and duration of symptoms.

“This particular strain of influenza has hit really hard during Australia's winter and now we have reported cases of it in the UK and Ireland,” said Chalmers.

“It presents with typical flu symptoms, however seems to be much more severe.

“Both the current trivalent and quadrivalent flu vaccinations for 17/18 flu season offer protection against the influenza A strain H3N2.”

Boots offers the flu jab in most pharmacies in England and Wales.

Aussie flu symptoms include fever, headaches, vomiting, diarrhoea and body aches.

While normal flu symptoms tend to subside after a week or so, Aussie flu can last much longer, with more severe symptoms.

The Australian flu virus can also lead to pneumonia and other severe respiratory complications, which are specific to Aussie flu.

At least 23 people have died from flu in the UK this winter, so far. The number of flu cases is expected to continue rising, Public Health England (PHE) has warned.

Flu jabs are the best way to protect against flu, PHE has claimed.

“The best way to protect yourself from flu is to get the vaccine each season if you are eligible,” said PHE Acting Head of Respiratory Disease, Dr Richard Pebody.

Boots offers the flu has in most of its pharmacies for £12.99.

But, you’re eligible to get the flu jab free on the NHS if you’re over-65, pregnant, have certain underlying medical conditions, live in a long-stay residential home, or receive a carer’s allowance.