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NHS told to brace itself for bad flu season

From BBC - September 12, 2017

Flu could put much more pressure than usual on GPs and hospitals this winter, health bosses are predicting.

It follows the worst outbreak in many years in Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking at a health conference in Manchester, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the winter flu season there was a pointer to the pressure which could build up in the NHS this winter.

But he insisted measures were being taken to ensure the NHS was prepared.

Reports have suggested there has been close to double the amount of flu circulating in Australia this July and August - the country's core winter months - than the average over the previous five winters.

Mr Stevens said it had been a "heavy flu season" and many hospitals had struggled to cope, which should act as a warning to the health service and the need to get as many people as possible vaccinated.

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