Aussie flu has hospitalised almost 500 people since the beginning of October, latest Public Health England (PHE) figures have revealed. The deadly viral infection has swept across the UK, and has been recorded in every postcode of the country.
But, you could prevent infection from the H3N2 virus by simply keeping warm, according to the NHS. Cold weather increases the risk of flu, pneumonia, hypothermia and heart attacks, it said.
The NHS added: "If you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18°C [65°F]. "If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist."
The number of people visiting GPs over flu-related illnesses increased 42 per cent during the second week of January. The best way to prevent infection is to get the flu jab, PHE said.
If you think you're infected with Aussie flu, you shouldn't see your GP, as you could spread the virus further. Only see a doctor if you're over 65, are pregnant, or have a long-term medical condition.