US flu strain headed to Finland

A type of flu caused by the H3N2 virus, and prevalent in the USA, is moving into Europe. The National Institute for Health and Welfare THL says vaccines available in Finland are effective against this strain.

Two different flu strains are being seen in Europe this season, one of them, caused by the H3N2 virus, a growing import from North America.

"The description of the H3N2 is that it is a more aggressive virus. It may cause rather more serious forms of the illness," explains THL virologist Mika Salminen.

Jab offers protection

Salminen says that it is not possible to predict how hard the virus will hit Finland on the basis of the situation in the USA. However, he adds that the vaccines available in Finland give good protection against this virus, and that there is still time for people to get vaccinated.

Mika Salminen urges travelers in particular, and especially those in risk groups, to get a flu jab before setting off on any journey.

Sources: Yle

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