Aussie flu: 85 people have died from flu this winter, and the number is still rising

Thursday, January 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

AUSSIE flu cases are still rising, with 85 people dying from flu since the beginning of October, Public Health England has confirmed. Almost 30 of those deaths occurred during the first week of January.

Thu, Jan 11, 2018

Aussie flu has been recorded in every postcode of the UK, and is continuing to spread.

Eighty five people have died from influenza since October 5, with 27 of those coming in the first week of January, a shock Public Health England (PHE) report has revealed.

Almost 2,000 people have been hospitalised by flu this winter, the report also revealed. About one in four of those cases were caused by the deadly Aussie flu.

The amount of people visiting their GP for flu-like illnesses has risen by 78 per cent, as PHE urges people to get the flu jab.

PHE Medical Director, Professor Paul Cosford, 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.”

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