09 January 2018

Aussie flu hits the UK: We've got you covered!

You may have heard about the Aussie flu coming to the UK this winter, we want to put your mind at rest about the scare mongering that has flooded the internet. The Aussie flu is not new to the UK, it was one of the strains of flu that was here last winter. You can take simple steps to help prevent the spread of flu.

What is Aussie flu?

Every winter there are a few strains circulating and Aussie flu, or H3N2, is just one of them. It is an influenza A virus that appears to cause more severe infections in young children, the elderly and most vulnerable.

You could be working with people that may be more susceptible to Aussie flu, but you can take steps to prevent the spread of it through basic hygiene.

How to stop the spread!

Flu is extremely infectious and is more likely to spread during winter. It is spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

  1. Get a flu vaccination

Getting a flu vaccination is the best way to prevent yourself from the flu.

  1. Cover your mouth and nose.

When coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

  1. Wash your hands properly.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. You can read more advice on how to wash your hands effectively here.

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when someone touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

  1. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

If you would like to talk to a qualified nurse about this then the Clinical Governance Nurse Advisor Team are here to discuss any concerns or issues you may have. For help and advice 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm please contact us on 0117 911 9677.