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  • Flu outbreak has now killed 120 people in Britain this winter

    Source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/12/flu-ou...inter-7223995/

    Flu outbreak has now killed 93 people in Britain this winter
    Harley TamplinFriday 12 Jan 2018 12:46 pm

    The number of people to have died after contracting the flu in Britain this winter has soared to 93.

    New data from Public Health England states that 27 flu-related deaths were reported in England in the first week of January.
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    This takes the overall number of fatalities since October to 93 – with 85 people dying in England and eight in Scotland.

    Previous figures from last week listed the number of deaths at 48...

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    News story
    UK flu levels continue to increase according to PHE statistics



    Seasonal flu levels have continued to increase in the last week across the UK, with flu hospitalisations up 50% according to Public Health England figures.



    Published 11 January 2018
    From: Public Health England






    The latest Public health England (PHE) statistics published at 14.00 today show that seasonal flu levels have continued to increase in the last week across the UK.
    The statistics show over the last week there has been a 78% increase in the GP consultation rate with flu like illness, a 50% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate, and a 65% increase in the flu intensive care admission rate. The main strains circulating continue to be flu A(H3N2), A(H1N1) and Flu B.
    PHE and the Department for Health this morning launched the ‘Catch It, Bin It, Kill It’ campaign. The campaign includes radio, press and digital advertising to inform the public about the steps they can take to protect themselves and reduce spread of the virus by practising good respiratory hand hygiene. Dr Paul Cosford, Medical Director of PHE, Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England and the Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies have also written to all frontline healthcare workers to encourage them to take up the offer of the vaccine if they haven’t already.
    The flu virus can live for many hours on hard surfaces and therefore practising good hand hygiene can limit the spread of germs and transmission of flu. People are advised to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue, bin it, and then wash their hands afterwards to kill the germs. Practising good hand hygiene and giving eligible people the flu vaccine is the best defence against the virus.
    Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director, Public Health England said:
    Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospital with flu.
    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. The A(H3N2) strain particularly affects older, more vulnerable age groups.
    We encourage anyone who is eligible to take up their offer of the flu vaccine – it is not too late. People suffering with flu-like symptoms should catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately, wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water and frequently clean regularly used surfaces to stop the spread of flu. Avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu.
    Seasonal flu usually circulates for several weeks each year. The intensity of circulation depends upon the underlying population immunity, the circulating viruses and external factors such as the weather. It is an unpredictable virus and it is not possible to anticipate how flu levels will progress.
    Amongst other diseases like norovirus that normally increase during winter, seasonal flu puts extra pressure on the NHS every year.
    The latest data is available online. Currently, 71.3% of adults over 65, 46.9% of adults with a long-term health condition, 45.5% of pregnant women, 40.8% of 3-year-olds and 42% of 2-year-olds have received the vaccine.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/u...phe-statistics






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    • #3
      England ....


      - In week 01, there were 240 new admissions to ICU/HDU with confirmed influenza (16 influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, 18 influenza A(H3N2), 89 influenza A(unknown subtype) and 117 influenza B) reported across the UK (121/144 Trusts in England) through the USISS mandatory ICU scheme, with a rate of 0.51 per 100,000 for England data (Figures 6 and 7), this is above the very high impact threshold of 0.50 per 100,000. A total of 27 deaths were reported to have occurred in week 01 in the UK. A total of 664 new ICU admissions (49 influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, 85 influenza A(H3N2), 250 influenza A(unknown subtype) and 280 influenza B) and 85 confirmed deaths have been reported in the UK since week 40 2017.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...ek_02_2018.pdf

      "May the long time sun
      Shine upon you,
      All love surround you,
      And the pure light within you
      Guide your way on."

      "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
      Aristotle

      “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
      Mohandas Gandhi

      Be the light that is within.

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      • #4
        Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-new...d-flu-11873045

        At least 17 people killed by flu last week as outbreak continues to grip Britain but new data shows rate of increase may be slowing
        ByNicola BartlettPolitical Correspondent
        Jane Lavender
        Sophie Evans
        17:10, 18 JAN 2018

        A flu outbreak continues to grip Britain as new government data indicates that cases of the virus continue to soar across the country.

        At least 17 people were killed by the flu over the last seven days, although this number could be higher due to delays in registering deaths, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

        A flu outbreak continues to grip Britain as new government data indicates that cases of the virus continue to soar across the country.

        The over-65s are at particular risk with "excess mortality" recorded in this group over recent weeks...

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