60 more flu deaths14th January 2011
The Health Protection Agency has confirmed there have been sixty-two deaths from flu over the past week.
The total number of deaths from flu since October has risen to 112, according to the latest HPA figures.
The majority of deaths were caused by swine flu and were aged between 15-64, although nine children below the age of 14 also died.
According to a spokesman for the HPA, the amount of patients going to see their doctors with flu-type symptoms was starting to level out.
The figures showed that of the 81 deaths where information was available, 63 people were considered "at-risk".
In 47 cases where the patient's vaccine status was known, 40 had not been given the flu jab.
Since October, 95 deaths have been linked to swine flu and 12 to the influenza virus.
Professor Sally Davies, Interim Chief Medical Officer for England told the BBC that, while it looked like deaths had significantly increase since the previous week, in fact the rise had been "steady".
The reason for this was that the HPA had to verify the cause of death, which can take some time.
Professor Davies did not say the outbreak had reached its peak, but added: "I hope we'll have good news, maybe not next week because of schools going back, but the week after."
She said parents who had children in the "at-risk" groups "must take them to have the vaccination as soon as they can".
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Title: 60 more flu deaths
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 17235
Date Added: 14th Jan 2011