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Sharp rise in flu hospital admissions in England

From BBC - January 4, 2018

There was a sharp rise in hospital admissions in England for confirmed flu cases in the last week of December, Public Health England figures show.

There were 114 admissions to intensive care with confirmed flu and a further 421 people admitted to general wards - up from 61 and 66 the week before.

Prof Paul Cosford, medical director at PHE, said the rises were "significant" but not unexpected.

And he said it was still not too late to be vaccinated.

Adults aged over 65, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions are advised to get a free flu jab.

A flu nasal spray is available free to children aged two to eight, who are thought to be the main spreaders of flu.

NHS bosses had previously warned of a bad flu season in the UK after Australia experienced its worst flu season for a number of years during their winter.

But Prof Cosford said it was too early to say exactly how severe the flu season would be this year.

"Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu.

"This is contributing to the pressure that we see the NHS under."

He said there were simple steps people could take to help prevent flu spreading.

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