Weekly flu information – 8 Mar 2012

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 9 (ending 4 March 2012), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like illness in England was 15.1 per 100,000.

Flu vaccination

The provisional end of season vaccination uptake rates show the following position at the end of January.

  • 74% of people aged 65 or over have had the flu jab.
  • 52% of patients under 65 in clinical risk groups have had the flu jab.
  • 45% of frontline healthcare workers have had the flu jab.

Admissions to intensive care units

Since early October, there have been 162 flu-related admissions to intensive care units (ICUs) reported across the UK. There have been fourteen deaths from confirmed influenza in ICUs reported so far this flu season.

More detailed information on flu-like activity can be found in the Health Protection Agency’s (HPA’s) weekly National Influenza Report.

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