Influenza

Influenza, or ‘flu’, is a highly contagious acute viral infection that affects people of all ages. Most people recover in a week or two, but flu can cause serious illness and death, especially in the very young and the elderly. Flu epidemics occur mainly in the winter and can result in widespread disruption to healthcare and other services. A vaccine is produced every year based on the strains of virus expected to be circulating.

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Update to Green Book Chapter 19 Influenza published

The update to Chapter 19 on Influenza includes: changes to the age at which at risk children should be offered flu vaccine if they have not received a dose previously guidance … Read more → – Update to Green Book Chapter 19 Influenza published

Guidance for winter flu vaccination programme published

The Chief Medical Officer, Director of Nursing and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer have today written to GPs and other health professionals emphasising the need to increase flu vaccination rates particularly among: … Read more → – Guidance for winter flu vaccination programme published

Guidance on influenza pandemic preparedness and response published

Operational guidance on the implementation of the UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy 2011 is published. The guidance for health and social care workers, is intended to support local preparedness and … Read more → – Guidance on influenza pandemic preparedness and response published

Winterwatch keeps public up-to-date

A nationwide information service to help keep everyone safe and well this winter was launched today by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies. The online hub will provide … Read more → – Winterwatch keeps public up-to-date

UK one of best prepared for pandemic

The UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy 2011, which aims to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the best-prepared countries in the world, was published today. The updated … Read more → – UK one of best prepared for pandemic

Remember to get your flu jab

The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, is reminding everyone in an at-risk group to come forward and join the estimated seven million people who have already had the … Read more → – Remember to get your flu jab

Plan launched to keep us healthy this winter

Older couple wrapped up for winter weather

The ‘Cold weather plan for England’, which aims to protect people’s health throughout the cold winter months, was launched today – the official start of winter. The cross-Government initiative reminds … Read more → – Plan launched to keep us healthy this winter