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The deadly Australian flu has reached the UK and Devon has been recognised as the worst hit area in the UK. Numbers for Exeter are not known but with 14 cases Plymouth is currently the worst hit city in the UK.

What is the Australian flu?

The official name is H3N2 but has been nicknamed the Aussie flu as this strain has fuelled the worst flu crisis for Australia in two decades.

What to look out for?

  • A high fever, with temperature over 38C
  • Dry, chesty cough
  • Exhaustion
  • Aching body
  • Diarrhoea and stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat

Whilst the flu is not as dangerous for students as it is for the elderly or very young, if your symptoms don’t improve after seven days make an appointment with the Student Health Centre.

However, if you do develop sudden chest pain, difficulty breathing or start coughing up blood call 999 immediately.

The flu vaccine is currently the best preventative for the flu, however it only available for free for those with long term health problems and deemed at risk, those 65 or over, pregnant or under two years old.

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