Aussie Flu news LIVE: NHS updates on symptoms, UK map, spread and cures

  • Aussie Flu, an infectious illness, is the H3N2 strain of the virus
  • The NHS has seen a sharp rise in GP visits and hospital admissions for influence going in to 2018
  • The flu type differs from normal as it lasts longer and is believed to be more severe

Thursday 11 January, 2018: 10:44am

A new “breakthrough device” could be used to treat Aussie Flu, it has been claimed.

The risk of spreading Aussie Flu could be lowered by washing your hands regularly, using warm and soapy water.

Disinfecting hands using hand sanitiser could also lower the risk of the flu virus from spreading.

Using doorhandles with in-built hand sanitisers could put an end to the Aussie Flu virus by significantly reducing the spread, scientists have revealed.

The PullClean smart doorhandles were designed to reduce the spread of viruses and infections in any at-risk area, including hospitals, care homes and schools.

Thursday 11 January, 2018: 9:31am

What is the recovery time of Aussie Flu? While Aussie Flu has spread quickly across Europe, there’s no need to panic, says Medical Director for Bupa UK, Dr Steve Iley.

Speaking to the Evening Standard he said: “There’s no need to panic and for the most of us - symptoms of flu should clear up in about a week.

“People in high risk groups, including the elderly, children, those with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems and pregnant women should take extra precautions and seek medical help if required.”

Thursday 11 January, 2018: 8:33

As the UK fights Aussie Flu, sales of the flu jab have doubled in the first week of 2018, compared with the same period last year, Superdrug has revealed.

It recorded a “staggering” 166 per cent rise in flu jab sales at the beginning of the year.

Aussie Flu fears were likely to have caused the drastic rise in sales, it claimed. At least 23 people have died from flu in the UK this winter so far.

Thursday 11 January, 2018: 7:29am

How do you avoid Aussie Flu? Those most at risk of catching Aussie Flu are the over 65s, pregnant women, young kids and those with chronic conditions like diabetes, lung and heart disease.

NHS advice says the flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others.

The Boots trivalent and quadrivalent flu vaccines for this winter does protect against the strain, according to a Boots pharmacist.

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, said Angela Chalmers.