Japanese flu symptoms - this could be a sign that you’re infected with contagious virus

Japanese flu symptoms are very similar to other types of flu, according to pharmacist and Jakemans expert, Marvin Munzu.

You could have the infection if you’re suffering from a bad cough, Munzu said.

While the symptoms are similar to the deadly Australian flu infection that’s swept across the UK, the signs aren’t as severe.

But, the symptoms are more contagious, he said.

“Aussie and French flu are strength A, which means that they have more severe symptoms than Japanese flu.

“The symptoms for Japanese flu are very similar to other types of flu. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, coughing, high temperature, sneezing, tiredness and in some very rare cases vomiting. 

“The flu vaccine given to children provides protection again Yamagata, this will be what is available at your GP and within schools.

“This protection is not in the adult vaccine; however this is nothing to worry about as Japanese flu tends to only effect children.”

A sudden fever - a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above - muscle aches, a sore throat, headaches and loss of appetite could also be signs of infection, according to the NHS.

It could also lead to vomiting, diarrhoea and tummy pain.

The best way to treat flu is to rest and keep warm, it said.

Drinking plenty of water and taking painkillers could also help to reduce symptoms.

While Japanese flu - or B-Yamagata, as it’s also known - is more contagious than Aussie flu, it may not have as big of an impact on the UK, Munzu said.

“I don’t think it will have the same impact as the Japanese flu as tends to effect mainly children.

“This type is flu is a weaker strength [strength B] of flu, meaning it has less serve symptoms.”

Washing your hands regularly with warm water and soap could help to lower your risk of infection, the NHS said.

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