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Hugh's illness no joke with US flu headed to Aus

HE SAID he was too happy to think about his flu symptoms when he accepted an award at Monday's Golden Globes, but it seems the strain of virus Aussie star Hugh Jackman has been struck down with was nothing to joke about.

Health experts have warned a killer strain of flu, which has swept the US west coast and was reportedly to blame for Jackman being under the weather at the gala ceremony, is headed to Australia.

Already, 20 children have died in the US after contracting the H2N3 virus.

Last year, a killer flu strain claimed the lives of three people in the NSW Hunter region within a week.

Aged homes went into lock-down and hospitals were inundated with cases.

According to News.com, vaccine shortages are to blame for the US crisis.

Free flu vaccines are offered in Australia to the most vulnerable including all people aged 65 years and older, pregnant women, people with chronic illness, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 15 years and older.

Flu symptoms can include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, clocked nose, muscle aches, joint pains, headache and fatigue.

 

How to stop the spread

  • Be vaccinated against the flu, especially if you are in a high-risk group.
  • Cover your face when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in a rubbish bin. Cough into your elbow if you don't have a tissue.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Wash hands for at least 10 seconds, especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Stay at home until you're well. Wait at least 24 hours after your fever resolves so you that you are unlikely to infect other people.
  • Keep sick children away from school and other activities.
  • Call ahead to see a doctor.

* Source: NSW Health

Topics:  flu golden globes health hugh jackman illness usa



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