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Australia braces for killer virus

Posted by: Ned Franklin | 15 January, 2013 - 4:09 PM
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Australian doctors are bracing for a killer flu which has claimed the lives of 20 children in the United States.

A state of emergency has been declared in New York as thousands battle the H2N3 virus early on in the flu season.

With five times the number of flu cases reported in New York this Winter than compared to all of last season, Australian Doctors encourage everyone to get vaccinated before the southern hemisphere weather starts to cool around mid-April.

Tom Elliott spoke to Dr Alan Hampson, who said the same virus infected Australians last Winter but could strike back with a vengeance, especially after what's happening in the United States.

"It's a wake up call, if you will. This virus can kill children and the elderly if they are left unprotected," Dr Hampson said.

"Put it in your diary to get a vaccine in March. It's the best way to protect yourself and the people around you."

The peak of the Australian flu season is between July and September. 

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