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NHS needs to be ready for h3n2 flu which has compromised services in Australia

Hospitals and GP surgeries are bracing themselves for a severe flu outbreak, the head of the NHS has warned.

Simon Stevens said that the virus had already caused huge problems in Australia with some A&E units having ‘standing room only’.

The strain of flu which is thought to be heading our way – the h3n2 strain – has been particularly severe in the elderly and children.

There are also concerns that the vaccine will prove to be ineffective as it will not match this strain.

Australia – whose winter occurs during our summer – has just experienced one of its worst flu outbreaks on record with more than 100,000 cases, two and a half times the normal number.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed and ambulance services in some areas have been told to only attend the most urgent cases.

The chief executive of the NHS was warned that hospitals and GP surgeries should brace themselves for a severe flu outbreak this winter

Read more in the Daily Mail.

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