Flu outbreak takes hold across the UKRuth Mabhiza
FLU OUTBREAK Flu cases DOUBLE in a week to 2 MILLION as outbreak takes hold across UK.
Health bosses warn this winter’s influenza outbreak has begun within the after cases have soared
CASES of the flu have doubled to two million in a week in Britain, official figures released today have shown.
Health bosses warn this winter’s influenza outbreak has begun, after weeks of little activity.
The West Midlands, North East and North West England and Yorkshire and Humber are the worst affected areas in England
Within the space of a week cases have increased by 85 per cent in England and by 55 per cent in Wales.
In the same data, cases of the flu have increased by 139 per cent and by 50 per cent in Northern Ireland.
Nearly two million are experiencing symptoms of the flu, according to estimates and experts warn it could put for strain on the already-stretched NHS.
Health authorities across the UK are monitoring the rates of flu in their own country.
Publish Health English publishes a weekly report of the number of flu symptoms reported in GP consultations.
Each country sets its own criteria on what it considers to be an epidemic based on how often flu symptoms are reported per 100,000 patients.
None of the home nations have reached epidemic levels yet, but England and Wales are in the “low” threshold.
The “low” is the second step on a five-point scale towards “very high” – which are epidemic levels.
Health authorities are currently monitoring the rates of flu across the country
In Northern Ireland and Scotland, the levels are at the first one, which is branded baseline.
In the past three months 41 people have died of the illness as rates are at their worst since monitoring began in September.
The UK had one average 60 flu diagnoses per 100,000 people last week, based on PHE figures released today.
The H1N1 strain (swine flu) was the most prevalent.
There was a 76 per cent rise in the previous week, which was the last week of 2018.
PHE said the rising cases means the flu is having a “moderate impact” on hospitals and their intensive care units.
A third of this season’s flu cases that required treatment intensive care happened last week, which is 205 of a total of 666.
PHE is telling anyone who is eligible to get the flu jab if they have not already.
More than half of pregnant women and three in 10 over-65s have not had the jab, latest figure show.
PHE’s Richard Pebody told the MailOnline: “The best form of protection against flu is to get the vaccine if you are eligible and to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene.
“It isn’t too late to get the flu vaccine so make sure you take up the offer if you’re eligible, to protect yourself and vulnerable people around you.”
The latest report estimates nearly three per cent of the population say they are experiencing flu-like symptoms this week.
The West Midlands, North East and North West England and Yorkshire and Humber have a “medium intensity” of cases, making it the worst affected.
The East Midlands, East of England, South West, South East and London are less affects and are at “low intensity”.
Regional figures are not available for Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
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