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Flu outbreak claimed 602 lives

25th May 2011

Figures released by the Health Protection Agency have revealed that last winter’s flu outbreak claimed 602 lives in the UK.

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However, more than 70% of the deaths were among 15-64-year-olds rather than older people who are normally worse affected by flu.

A reason for that is that the main strain of the outbreak was swine flu, which the elderly have some resistance to.

About half of the under-65s in at-risk groups in England and Wales were immunised against flu, which experts say is of concern.

In Scotland, 57.4% of at-risk under-65s were immunised and 74.5% of over-65s. In England and Wales the over-65s figures was 73%.

With 602 deaths, the toll was higher than the 2009 pandemic with 474 deaths.

There were also issues with vaccinations with some family doctors reporting that they had run out.

Professor John Watson, of the HPA, said: “A concerted effort must be made by healthcare professionals - including GPs and midwives - to encourage those at risk to take up the offer of vaccination. It is the best way to protect against flu.”

The government has given the NHS in England three years to improve uptake to 75%.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “A severe flu season places considerable pressure on the NHS and, although it coped well last year, there are areas where I'm determined we can improve.”

However, Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA's GPs committee, said: "There is no genuine evidence that the system is not working now, so I think GPs are happy with it."

 

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Trey Junkin

Friday 3rd June 2011 @ 2:19

Why not take some natural zeolite instead? I prefer using zeolite-av (anti-virus) and also use a zapper and that has always done the job for me. I haven't had a vaccination, nor would I get one. I'd like to heal fast, safe and naturally. No extra ingredients added (mercury, thimersol, etc), or harmful side-effects!


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