"Half the family hit with the Australian flu virus and some even left in hospital with it", he said in the post, as widely reported in the media.
The number of flu-related deaths recorded in Ireland so far is under ten, with the HSE urging people to get vaccinated against it.
Flu season officially begins in October but this year's particularly risky strain, H3N2, has come relatively early and the season has not reached its peak yet.
A spokesperson for PHE told HuffPost UK: "We are now seeing a mix of flu types, including the A (H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia".
Lisa Berger, Toronto Public Health's associate medical officer of health, says it's still too early to predict how the rest of the season will go. "It is a piece of the flu that they put into you so your body can respond to it and then when it sees that piece of the flu again on a real flu virus it can attack it".
Symptoms are similar to standard flu but they are far more severe. The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given.
Director of Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dr. Kevin Kelleher, said: "Most people, unless they are in at risk group, can get better themselves at home". We will keep the updates coming here at ACSH, but, in the meantime, please take another look at these graphs, realize that this looks like its going to be a rough flu season, and protect yourself and your children.
The virus targeted by the flu vaccines supplied for this season do not match the dominant virus that is circulating, reducing their efficacy, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.
Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway officials have also confirmed 105 positive flu tests through its emergency department in the past few months. She said the flu vaccination is the biggest defense against the illness.
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"There is not risk for getting the flu from your flu shot", he said.
The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association announced last week that adult, short-term acute care hospitals has implemented restrictions in an effort to minimize the spread of respiratory infections to hospital patients, employees and community members. Before the person feels ill enough to become sick, he or she may have been spreading the virus for a week.
Dr. Mendoza says influenza is contagious up to one day before some has symptoms, and can remain contagious until about a week after the patient begins to have symptoms.