Indeed, seasonal influenza causes up to half a million deaths every year worldwide, as the New England Journal of Medicine noted, and the nation sees a staggering 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations from the flu annually.
There were 22 new cases of patients diagnosed with severe flu complications last week, including 18 who had not been vaccinated, CDC physician Wu Pei-huan (吳佩圜) said at a weekly briefing on the flu situation in Taiwan.
Flu season officially begins in October but this year's particularly unsafe strain, H3N2, has come relatively early and the season has not reached its peak yet.
A few months back, the first warnings arrived about the H3N2 virus (aka the "Aussie Flu") - which saw both Australia and New Zealand hit with their worst outbreaks on record - and that the virus would most likely make it to the United Kingdom, becoming the worst flu season on record.
Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue - whereas a cold usually starts gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or a runny nose.
"There is an antiviral they can perscribe if you're in your first 48 hours of symptoms".
The CDC recommends people at high risk for complications from the flu be treated with neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications as soon as possible once they become sick. Britain's flu season tends to mirror what has happened there.
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"These indicators tell us that flu is actively starting to circulate in the community, yet it's not too late for people at risk to get the vaccine from their GP or pharmacist". "The flu vaccine is made to protect against the flu viruses that research and surveillance indicate will likely be most common during the season".
As with any flu, the Australian flu is highly contagious and can spread quickly.
The MMA fighter and boxer said that he had been left shaken by the illness, which has affected many people in Ireland this festive season.
Of the 870 patients that tested positive for the flu at Allina Health hospitals this season, 120 were admitted and the restrictions will stay in place until the flu is no longer widespread.
"The effectiveness of the vaccine can reach 60 to 70 percent if the predicted influenza B lineage matches the dominant circulating virus", he said.
Meanwhile, figures released by Public Health England show a sharp rise in cases, triggered by a surge in two aggressive subtypes attacking the population simultaneously.
Scotland Health Care System is instituting visitor restrictions beginning on Wednesday. You should then dispose of the tissues in a bin and wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water. Sick rooms can be shared with others who are sick and in households with more than one bathroom, sick people should use one while well people use the other.