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  • Flu outbreak has now killed 243 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...
    Last edited by JimO; February 1st, 2018, 01:46 PM.

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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

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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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        • #5
          Heartbroken parents reveal their 'cheeky' son, 12, has died from one of the killer flu strains sweeping the UK as death toll rises to 191

          A 12-year-old boy has become the latest victim of the killer flu outbreak this winter, his heartbroken parents have revealed.
          Dylan Day, from Stoke-on-Trent, passed away after developing sepsis, triggered by a a strain of influenza B he was fighting, last weekend.

          -snip-

          Figures released today revealed 155 deaths have been recorded in England, 25 in Scotland and 11 in Northern Ireland. No precise data exists for Wales...

          NOTE: With the 12 deaths reported in one health district in Wales, the total for the UK is at least 203 fatalities.

          EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Day, from Stoke-on-Trent, passed away after developing sepsis, triggered by a a strain of influenza B he was fighting, last weekend.
          "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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          • #6
            Flu death toll hits 231 in the UK: Killer outbreak is 'stabilising' across the UK as NHS tells doctors to freeze all flu vaccine orders

            The flu death toll in the UK has now reached 231, latest statistics shows as officials claim the killer outbreak is now 'stabilising'.


            Some 193 deaths have been recorded in England, 26 are known to have died in Scotland and 12 in Northern Ireland. No precise data exists for Wales.


            However, a fifth of the new fatalities are from previous weeks and have only just come to light, as cases have already peaked and are on the decline...

            Some 193 deaths have been recorded in England, 26 are known to have died in Scotland and 12 in Northern Ireland, according to the latest figures. No precise data exists for Wales.
            "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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