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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‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.’ campaign to help reduce flu infections

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A campaign is launching today to encourage the public to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene practices – to ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.’ – to help stem flu … Read more → – ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.’ campaign to help reduce flu infections

Update on use of antivirals for flu prevention and treatment published

The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer have written to the NHS to advise that antiviral medicines may now be used for the prevention or treatment of flu in … Read more → – Update on use of antivirals for flu prevention and treatment published

Communications strategy agreed for potential flu pandemic

The Department of Health is publishing a communications strategy to assist in planning its response to a potential flu pandemic. This is a companion document to the UK Influenza Pandemic … Read more → – Communications strategy agreed for potential flu pandemic

SPI-M publish June 2012 modelling summary

The Scientific Pandemic Influenza Subgroup on Modelling (SPI-M) publishes a modelling summary that represents their consensus view. It is not a polished report of the group’s deliberations and conclusions. Rather … Read more → – SPI-M publish June 2012 modelling summary

Winterwatch launches for 2012

From today, Winterwatch will bring you regular updates about how the NHS is coping with the increased demands on its services in the cold winter months and weekly information on levels … Read more → – Winterwatch launches for 2012

Plans set out to prepare NHS for winter

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Plans have been set out to help people keep well this winter and help the NHS prepare for winter and meet the increase in winter-related health problems always seen at … Read more → – Plans set out to prepare NHS for winter

Health staff reminded to get flu jab

Poster of flu fighter campaign

Health staff are being reminded to get vaccinated against flu to cut the risk of it spreading to patients and colleagues this winter. Frontline healthcare workers are more likely to … Read more → – Health staff reminded to get flu jab