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AustraliaFlu strain 'mutates' amid deadly season

04:41  06 july  2019
04:41  06 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Influenza outbreak kills 37 Victorians, including hospital worker in state's east. James Day died from complications caused by influenza eight days after he was admitted to hospital in eastern Victoria. He is one of 37 people killed so far this year.

It comes amid a horror flu season which could get worse, according to experts. World Health Organisation Influenza Centre spokeswoman Professor Kanta Subbarao told News Corp that testing shows the H3N2 strain of flu – just one of the strains – has mutated .

Flu strain 'mutates' amid deadly season© AAP A monster strain of the flu has mutated, making the flu vaccine potentially ineffective. A monster strain of the flu has mutated, making the flu vaccine potentially ineffective.

It comes amid a horror flu season which could get worse, according to experts.

228 people have been killed and more than 120,000 Australians have been hit by the virus so far this year.

World Health Organisation Influenza Centre spokeswoman Professor Kanta Subbarao told News Corp that testing shows the H3N2 strain of flu – just one of the strains – has mutated.

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Doctors are warning that people should continue to get vaccinated as it protects against other strains and should reduce the severity of any infection.

“On the surface of the influenza virus there are a couple of proteins called H and N,” Dr Penny Adams explained.

“Sometimes those pre proteins can change slightly. We make vaccines to target those proteins.

“If the proteins change our vaccines might not be as effective

“The flu vaccine we have all got this winter it is effective… (It) covers four strains. It is only one strain that has changed. (The vaccine) is still effective for the others.

“I give the analogy it is a bit like a seatbelt in a car. You can still have a car accident but if have got your seatbelt on you will have more protection, less injuries.

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Flu strain 'mutates' amid deadly season© Nine Elijah Huynh, two, became the 42nd victim in Western Australia after dying in Perth.

“I still strongly recommend the vaccine, it is 50 percent effective but it is better than not having the vaccine at all.”

As reported by 9News, an early spike in the number of flu cases could mean Australia is on track to have its worst flu season in years.

The number of flu cases normally peaks in August and September, however this year the flu season began months earlier.

The latest victims include a two-year-old boy and a father who had been vaccinated.

Elijah Huynh, two, became the 42nd victim in Western Australia after dying in Perth.

Flu strain 'mutates' amid deadly season© Nine Hospital worker James Day, 43, passed away in Victoria- despite being vaccinated.

Hospital worker James Day, 43, passed away in Victoria.

Earlier this week, NSW Health Director of Communicable Disease Dr Vicky Sheppeard said the season had not yet reached its peak.

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Influenza, commonly known as "the flu ", is an infectious disease caused by an influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common symptoms include: high fever, runny nose

When the flu shot went into production, the flu itself mutated . Yet, when you look at numbers like from the 2015-16 flu season , the CDC reported that the flu shot prevented more than five million cases of the flu , about 2.5 million medical visits and more than 70,000 hospitalizations.

“With flu cases still on the rise, we’re encouraging everyone, particularly pregnant women and parents of young children, to get their flu shots immediately,” Dr Sheppeard said.

Last month, almost 42,000 Australians were diagnosed with the virus, compared to under 2000 in June last year.

Nationally, NSW has suffered the highest flu toll, with seven more confirmed flu-related deaths in the past week, taking the total to 57.

Aged care facilities have been among the hardest hit, with NSW Health issuing warning for people to get vaccinated before visiting the elderly and to stay home if they are ill.

Marco Polo Aged Care Centre at Unanderra, near Wollongong on the NSW south coast, was put into lockdown following a flu outbreak.

Fifteen residents came down with the virus in the past three weeks, four of whom died.

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