TwinFM

The online information & weekly news
service for Corporate Real Estate, Support
Services and Facilities professionals

News

UK Flu Levels Continue To Rise

UK Flu Levels Continue To Rise
Jan 12
2018
👤 by Cathryn Ellis

The latest Public Health England statistics published on Thursday Jan 11 show that seasonal flu levels have continued to increase in the last week across the UK.

The statistics show over the last week there has been a 78% increase in the GP consultation rate with flu like illness, a 50% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate, and a 65% increase in the flu intensive care admission rate. The main strains circulating continue to be flu A(H3N2), A(H1N1) and Flu B.

In the week ending Jan 12, PHE and the Department for Health launched the ‘Catch It, Bin It, Kill It’ campaign. The campaign includes radio, press and digital advertising to inform the public about the steps they can take to protect themselves and reduce spread of the virus by practising good respiratory hand hygiene.

The flu virus can live for many hours on hard surfaces and therefore practising good hand hygiene can limit the spread of germs and transmission of flu. People are advised to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue, bin it, and then wash their hands afterwards to kill the germs. Practising good hand hygiene and giving eligible people the flu vaccine is the best defence against the virus.

Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director, Public Health England said: "Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospital with flu.

"We are currently seeing a mix of flu types, including the A(H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia. The A(H3N2) strain particularly affects older, more vulnerable age groups.

"People suffering with flu-like symptoms should catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately, wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water and frequently clean regularly used surfaces to stop the spread of flu. Avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu."

 

Bug time

Seasonal flu usually circulates for several weeks each year. The intensity of circulation depends upon the underlying population immunity, the circulating viruses and external factors such as the weather. It is an unpredictable virus and it is not possible to anticipate how flu levels will progress.

Amongst other diseases like norovirus that normally increase during winter, seasonal flu puts extra pressure on the NHS every year.

Picture: Atchoo, here comes the flu

 

Tags

Subscribe to Our Weekly News Service

Your e-mail will be secure with us. We will not share your information with anyone !

Follow @ThisWeekInFM


Opinion

Are Building Management Systems about deliver what their name has been promising for far too long? A solution that manages the building? asks Simon Bl [...]

View more

Useful LinksTAKE A LOOK →

International News

If you've got employees driving across Europe for business or even to head for ski resorts, you may wish to inform them about new speed limits in Fran [...]

View more international news

Recent Comments

Listening to your clients is the ONLY way to deliver on the level of customer service they want. Deafness causes friction and a breakdown of trust and [...]

We have tried and tested the majority of products to mask combat odours in the toilets the Ecobreeze is the 1st product we have tried that works! And [...]