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Elderly prone to flu virus, doctors warn

Elderly prone to flu virus, doctors warn
24th December 2008

The elderly are being urged to remain vigilant against the flu virus this winter as the country is struck by the bug.

According to the Royal College of GPs, the older generation is particularly susceptible to contracting the illness from younger people.

Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, comments: "This is worrying because older people are more at risk of suffering dangerous complications, including pneumonia and serious chest infections and, of course, we know that influenza can kill the elderly."

The occurrence of the disease is said by doctors to have increased by 150 per cent over the past week, a figure which may yet escalate even further.

Age Concern advises that old people layer-up this winter to avoid being too exposed to the cold weather.

Not sitting inside for long periods will also help people stay fit and healthy, as will alternating between activity and rest, the charity believes.

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