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Flu cases almost double in last two weeks

Flu cases almost double in last two weeks
25th February 2013

The number of people visiting their GP with influenza has almost doubled in the last fortnight, highlighting the need for older adults to ensure they have had their vaccinations.

According to data supplied by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), 22 out of every 100,000 people in England visited their GP with flu-like symptoms in the week to February 17th.

In contrast, the week ending February 3rd saw a rate of just under 13 per 100,000. However, this increase has not been mirrored in figures for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

A HPA spokesperson said: "It is vital that those who are most 'at risk' from flu make sure they receive their vaccination as this is the most effective way of preventing them from becoming ill with the virus."

Anyone over the age of 65, as well as those with weakened immune systems and diabetes, are considered to be at the greatest risk of contracting influenza, which can cause serious problems.

In the week ending February 17th, 55 people were admitted to intensive care with flu.

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