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fluwomanMarch 29 2016

Public Health England has advised that people at risk from flu and who have not been vaccinated may still benefit from having a flu jab.

Figures published on March 24 indicate that flu is continuing to circulate, running later than last year’s flu season. A number of indicators are still raised, including younger adults still being admitted to hospital with confirmed flu.

There were 163 new admissions to intensive care units and high dependency units reported in the week ending March 13, similar to the week previously.

“This is later activity than the 2014 to 2015 season, when hospitalisations for flu had already peaked in early January 2015,” said PHE. “The strain A(H1N1)pdm09 has been the main flu virus this season with more recent evidence of increasing influenza B activity.

“Previous flu seasons dominated by A(H1N1)pdm09 suggest this strain particularly affects children, pregnant women, and adults with long term conditions like chronic heart disease, liver disease, neurological disease and respiratory disease in particular.”

Public Health Wales also reported a “sharp increase in activity” in the week ending March 6. In the week ending March 13, GP consultations were running at 21 per 100,000 practice population, above the ‘medium level intensity of 15.2 consultations per 100,000 practice population.

Dr Richard Pebody, head of flu surveillance for PHE, warned that flu is continuing to circulate in the community, along with other seasonal illnesses like scarlet fever. “For most people influenza infection is just a nasty experience, but for some it can lead to illnesses that are more serious, including bronchitis and secondary bacterial pneumonia, which can be life threatening,” he said.

“Although it is late in the season, vaccine may still be available from GPs and pharmacists for those in eligible risk groups who are unvaccinated. This includes children and adults with long term health conditions and pregnant women, so speak to your GP or pharmacist about the vaccine if you’re eligible and haven’t had it yet this flu season.”

Dr Pebody also reminded people of the importance of practising good hand hygiene, particularly for those in vulnerable groups, and that people should remain aware of the risks of flu.

Links:

PHE announcement

PHE influenza data

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