A life-threatening flu epidemic could hit the UK this winter, experts have warned.
Health officials confirmed two cases in the US where flu has caused deaths, including a four year old boy in California who died last month, and another child of the same age who died in New York this week.
It has been warned that these cases could indicate a severe outbreak of the virus, which is usually common between October and March.
Britain’s flu season tends to mirror that of Australia, which has seen a number of deadly cases take hold in recent months.
So far there have been fatal 662 cases of flu recorded in Australia this year, where it is believed that three strains of the virus are in circulation.
Professor Robert Dingwall, a public health expert at Nottingham Trent University, told The Sun Online, “The Australians have had a very bad flu season and we should expect the same flu strain to appear here later this winter.”
However, he did say that since the strain of the virus is one that was present in the UK last year, vaccines will be readily available.
He advised anybody who has not been vaccinated should do so as soon as possible, and that it is highly important for people who are in vulnerable groups who are offered the vaccine.
He added, “This is especially the case if you are working in a job that involves a lot of contact with the general public, especially with children – toddlers are particularly good at spreading the virus.”
What are the symptoms of flu?
According to the NHS, symptoms of flu are:
– a sudden fever, temperature of 38C or above
– an aching body, feeling tired or exhausted
– a dry cough and or a sore throat
– a headache, difficulty sleeping
– loss of appetite
– diarrhoea or tummy pain
– feeling sick and being sick.
How X-Mist can Help
The World Health Organization (WHO) and many NHS centres point out and fully understand that the words “cleaning” and “disinfecting” are often referred to in the same context, however, they are actually two very different situations.
Cleaning a surface with soap and water will only move microscopic health hazards from one place to another. Disinfecting, sanitising and germ killing is entirely different.
Surfaces can appear to look clean but still be teeming with germs. Rather than just moving germs around, X-Mist eliminates them.
All good disinfectants claiming the ability to kill bacteria and viruses are required to be registered and tested to BS EN standards, if they are going to be sold to the general public.
Disinfecting/Sanitising with X-Mist
Help keep cross-contamination at bay: Arm yourself staff and patients against the cold, flu, and other bugs by focusing on good hygiene and sanitation.
X-Mist cans allow you to quickly and easily sanitise an entire average size room, space, car/caravan with just the push of a button.
A propellant inside the can sends out a fine mist of powerful, disinfecting active ingredients (Tested to BS EN 1276 and BS EN1650) that disperse throughout the area.
The fine mist gets to work on contact with every surface, eliminating a wide range of germs, including bacteria, yeasts and fungi that can be the cause of bad odours but is also effective against viruses and other harmful microorganisms.
The Benefits of X-Mist:
- Kills germs & tested to BS EN 1276 and BS EN 1650
- Extremely effective way to eliminate germs and create a healthier environment
- Delivering disinfectant to places that might otherwise be missed, overlooked, or out of reach
- Incredibly user-friendly
- Eradicates stubborn odours from foods, pets, smoke and mildew, leaving a clean fresh smell
- Very cost effective
- Leaves no residue
Find out how X-Mist can help combat cross-contamination and dramatically reduce the risk of a flu outbreak in your premises.
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