Aussie flu: Find out where the ‘red zones’ are in the county

January 4, 2018
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An area in Surrey has been dubbed a “red zone” where the likeliness of catching deadly bug Aussie flu is rife.

The shocking revelation comes after a UK-wide map shows the areas on a gradient from no reports at all to “very high” based on a criteria by FluSurvey .

The website, used by researchers at Public Health England and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, collects data in order to determine what areas flu is rife in, the Mirror report s.

Sutton in south London and Banstead in Surrey have been dubbed “red zones” while other areas show no reports or some reports depending on the area.

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What does the map tell us?

Blue areas show the areas largely unaffected by flu right now while the red areas mean there has been a spike in cases.

Purple areas show areas where there have been some reports of flu.

Red areas are where there has been a high volume of reports flu cases.

Sutton and Banstead have been highlighted as “red zone” areas for Aussie flu
(Image: Google Maps/FluServe)

What do we know about ‘Aussie flu’?

Experts in Ireland revealed on December 31 “less than 10 people” have died from the so-called Aussie flu outbreak .

Doctors are now warning children – particularly those aged between five and 14 – could be most at risk.

Public health officials are urging people who are eligible for the free flu vaccination should “get it without delay”.

As flu viruses are constantly mutating, vaccines to protect against the disease have to change each season.

People are asked to take particular caution to spreading germs by washing their hands more often, covering their mouths and noses when they cough, and cleaning surfaces.

Aussie flu symptoms

Man Flu

  • Sore throat/cough
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Muscle ache
  • Fatigue
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing

Even though these symptoms are similar to normal flu, Aussie flu’s symptoms are more sever.

People should recover from normal flu within a week, although the cough and fatigue may last longer.

So if you are still really ill after seven days, it is a good indication of something more serious.

Aussie flu can lead to pneumonia and other potentially fatal complications.

Dr Jillian Johnston told the BBC: “Getting the free flu vaccine is the single most important thing you can do to help protect yourself against flu.

“With high levels of flu activity in Australia during their winter, and the potential for similar here, it is more important than ever that everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated.

“We are fortunate to have a more comprehensive flu vaccination programme than Australia or England, but the benefits can only be realised if a high proportion of the groups who can get the vaccine actually take up the offer.”

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Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/aussie-flu-find-out-red-14114038


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