People with flu-like illness
Estimates suggest that flu-like activity – that is, the number of people with flu-like symptoms seeing their GP – is currently low. For week 49 (ending 11 December 2011), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like illness in England was 9.2 per 100,000.
Uptake of flu vaccine
Vaccine uptake in England is higher than the same week last year.
- 72% of people aged 65 or over have had the flu jab, compared to 67% last year.
- 48% of patients under 65 in clinical risk groups have had the flu jab compared with 42% last year.
- Uptake in pregnant women is much higher than it was last year: 25% compared with 6% at this point last year.
- 40% of healthcare workers have had the flu vaccine so far this winter, compared to 17.6% at the same point last year.
On 15 December 2011, the Department published data at national, SHA and trust level on the uptake of flu vaccine among GP patients, including pregnant women, as at the end of November and today (21 December 2011) it has published data on the uptake of flu vaccine in healthcare workers.
Admissions to intensive care units
Since early October, there have been 18 flu-related admissions to intensive care units (ICUs) reported across the UK. There has been one death from confirmed influenza in ICUs reported so far.
More detailed information on flu-like activity can be found in the Health Protection Agency’s (HPA’s) weekly National Influenza Report.