Hospitals in England at the moment are seeing very excessive charges of sufferers with flu, in line with Public Well being England figures.
A pointy rise in instances seen by GPs prior to now week – up seventy eight% on the week earlier than – suggests it might be the worst flu season for seven years.
However PHE stated the present ranges of flu have been “not unprecedented”.
Deaths from flu remained static with 27 prior to now seven days.
Round 5,000 individuals have been admitted to hospital with flu within the first week of January, based mostly on PHE figures for 22 out of 137 trusts.
Prof Paul Cosford, medical director from Public Well being England, stated: “The degrees of flu being seen are excessive and naturally that’s contributing to the pressures within the NHS, however they don’t seem to be unprecedented ranges.”
He additionally recommended the protection of the so-referred to as Aussie flu outbreak was a bit of deceptive, saying that whereas it was circulating at “vital” ranges there have been two different strains that have been additionally inflicting issues.
These strains are an unknown sort of influenza A and influenza B – which is generally a milder pressure – however seems to be affecting older individuals in care houses.
The H3N2 pressure – an influenza A virus – has been dubbed ‘Aussie flu’ as a result of it’s the similar pressure that just lately brought about huge issues for Australia throughout their winter.
This yr’s flu vaccine is designed to guard towards this pressure and another ones.
Figures in Scotland show a doubling of flu cases up to now week however mortality charges associated to the virus have been nonetheless stated to be low.
Nevertheless, an 18-year-old student from Wester Ross died after her flu developed into pneumonia.
In Wales, a large rise in flu cases has prompted recommendation to keep away from some hospitals.
The speed of hospital admissions in England rose by over 50% within the first week of January to 7.38 per one hundred,000.
In the identical week, the GP session fee was 37.three per one hundred,000 in comparison with 21 per one hundred,000 the week earlier than.
Almost 22,000 sufferers went to see their GP with flu within the first week of 2018, the Royal School of GPs stated, and there was additionally an increase in individuals seen with the widespread chilly, acute bronchitis, respiratory system illnesses and bronchial asthma.
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Flu signs can come on in a short time and may final for every week or extra.
Signs embrace a fever (temperature above 38C), aches, headache, tiredness, a chesty cough, tummy ache and lack of urge for food.
Youngsters also can get ache of their ears and seem missing in power.
Flu might be notably disagreeable for sure individuals, such because the over-65s, pregnant ladies and people with different critical well being circumstances.
Well being officers say getting the vaccine yearly is one of the simplest ways to guard towards flu.
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