Aussie flu warning: This will NOT protect you from the deadly Australian infection

Deadly Aussie flu has swept across the UK since the beginning of October.

Signs of the infection include headaches, fevers and diarrhoea.

The deadly Influenza A (H3N2) virus could be prevented by washing your hands regularly, with warm and soapy water.

While you can lower your risk by avoiding crowded areas and GP waiting rooms, antibiotics won’t help to prevent or relieve symptoms at all, according to Boots Chief Pharmacist, Marc Donovan.

“Antibiotics are useful in a wide variety of infections, but there is a high level of misunderstanding amongst the public over their correct use.

“As they only treat bacterial infections, antibiotics will not treat infections like flu and the common cold.

“If you are unsure, always speak to your GP or pharmacist for advice, but don’t always assume that antibiotics will be the only solution.”

Antibiotics work by preventing bacteria from spreading, so it won’t have any impact on virus.

The deadly viral infection spread appears to be levelling out, according to latest Public Health England (PHE) figures.

But, the public still needs to be aware of signs and symptoms of the infection, experts have warned.

Royal College of General Practitioner Research and Surveillance Centre’s Medical Director, Professor Simon de Lusignan, said: “We're certainly not out of the woods yet this flu season, as the influenza virus is incredibly unpredictable.

“It is quite possible that rates will rise again, although they may continue to level out or even decline.”

Signs of Aussie flu infection are similar to normal flu symptoms. But, they tend to last longer and are more severe.

If you become infected with Aussie flu, you’re advised to avoid crowded spaces so you don’t spread the virus further.

Paracetamol and ibuprofen can help to relieve muscle aches and fevers.

The flu jab could help to lower your risk of infection, according to PHE.



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