Friday, 19 January 2018

UK 'in grip of worst flu season since 2011'

UK 'in grip of worst flu season since 2011' The UK is in the grip of its worst flu season for seven years, figures suggest.

Health officials say flu rates have once again risen in every part of the UK.

The number of people going to GPs in England with suspected flu rose by over 40% compared to the previous week, figures up to last Sunday show.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have also seen increases.

The last time there was more flu circulating than this was in 2010-11, when swine flu - responsible for the pandemic of the year before - came back.

Hospitals are also seeing "very high" rates of admissions - although it appears the strain known as "Aussie flu" is not causing the most serious illnesses, according to the report from Public Health England.

Instead - of the four strains circulating - a B strain, which does not normally cause high rates of severe illness, is responsible for about half the hospital cases. BBC News

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