Aussie flu is still circulating in the UK, latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) have revealed.
An extra 14 people were admitted to hospital over the past seven days, after infection from the deadly H3N2 virus.
But, there are signs the seasonal flu spread is peaking, PHE said.
The public were urged to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue, bin it, and then wash their hands. Following the ‘Catch It, Bin It, Kill It’ regime could reduce the spread of flu, the health watchdog said.
PHE’s Acting Head of the Respiratory Diseases Department, Richard Pebody, said: “We are continuing to see flu circulate, however, rates across most indicators have remained relatively stable and signs are that flu activity is starting to peak.
“Rates of vaccination across all those eligible for the vaccine have increased on last season, and we have vaccinated an additional one and a half million people.
“We are currently seeing a mix of flu types, including the A[H3N2] strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia, and flu B.
“The best form of protection against flu is to get the vaccine if you are eligible and to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene.”
Aussie flu symptoms are similar to normal flu, but they can be more severe, and tend to last longer.
Signs of the conditions last longer than a week, while the body tends to fight off normal flu within seven days.
Headaches, fever, muscle aches, coughs, runny noses, sore throats and sneezing are all signs of infection.
The virus could also cause vomiting and diarrhoea.
While getting the flu jab could help to lower your risk of infection, there are other ways to help ward off the virus.
Washing your hands regularly with warm water and soap could prevent infection, experts have claimed.
You should also avoid crowded spaces and GP waiting rooms.
It’s not advised to visit a doctor if you think you have Aussie flu. You should only see a GP if you’re over 65, are pregnant, or have an underlying medical condition.