Winter Flu Warnings: Should I Worry ?

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From BBC News.


NHS bosses are warning we should be braced for a bad flu season. They cite the experience of Australia and New Zealand, which have just gone through their winters.

What happens there, they say, tends to be a good pointer to how flu spreads in the UK.

How bad has it been in Australia and New Zealand?

They’ve certainly had their worst flu season for a number of years. Like the UK, the past few winters have seen pretty low levels of flu circulating.

But this winter it has been different. Figures up to the end of August – not even the end of their winter – suggest there was nearly double the number of cases of flu than the average over the past five winters.

Reports have emerged of hospitals struggling, which is why NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens raised the alarm in a speech on Tuesday.


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