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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:18 pm 

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http://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/9308507 ... xtend_run/

Crawley boss Steve Evans praised his players after they beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 despite half the side suffering from flu.

Scott Davies missed the match altogether while another five players had been struggling since the bug hit the squad in midweek.

Praemonitus, Praemunitus..Forewarned is Forearmed.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:38 pm 

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Nine die as flu sweeps Scotland
Helen Puttick

Health Correspondent.

Tuesday 29 January 2013

NINE people have died and 44 others have been admitted to hospital with flu in the first two weeks of this year as the latest outbreak sweeps Scotland.
The number of admissions to intensive care units is already more than double the number for the whole of 2012, raising fears about whether medical staff can cope.

Seven of those who developed severe complications were children.

Health Secretary Alex Neil has blamed high levels of flu along with the stomach bug norovirus for reports of chaos in Scottish hospitals this month.

Patients have had to wait on trolleys for hours because of the high number of admissions and the shortage of available beds.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Harry Burns wrote to GP surgeries just before Christmas, saying cases of flu were on the increase and giving doctors the go-ahead to prescribe anti-viral drugs to prevent or treat the symptoms.

Dr Jim McMenamin, consultant epidemiologist with surveillance agency Health Protection Scotland, said: "The last flu season [2011/12] was the lightest flu season we have had in many years. It also started later than usual. This season started earlier – more in line with what we have seen in the past. Flu consultations with GPs increased across December."

The latest figures show appointments with family doctors about flu symptoms rose from 37 per 100,000 people to 52 in the first two weeks of the year. However, in the first sign the virus may have reached its peak, the number dropped to 33 in the week ending January 20.

Mr McMenamin said: "Whether the drop is something that continues we will have to see over the coming weeks, but it is encouraging. The flu season extends almost to the middle of May. We have to keep everything under close review."

Detailed data on the impact of winter flu has been recorded by Health Protection Scotland for three years. In 2010-11, 177 patients needed intensive care treatment for flu complications and 63 people died. Last year this dropped to 17 intensive care admissions and five deaths.

Mr McMenamin said nine deaths so far this year was proportionally a slightly lower toll than last year or the previous winter. Most of the victims were elderly.

He added: "It is really important everyone does whatever they can to prevent the spread of infection. The one thing you can do is have good cough and hand hygiene. Cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief if you are coughing or sneezing, dispose of that tissue promptly and wash your hands as soon as you can."

He said most patients can look after themselves when they are unwell by taking paracetamol and plenty of fluids, but people in the at-risk groups, including pensioners and those with long-term health problems, should consider seeing their GP.

Dr McMenamin said it was not too late for people who qualify for free flu vaccines to take up the offer. Pensioners and patients with longterm health conditions such as asthma are among those eligible.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/heal ... d.20005338


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:08 pm 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/ ... -high.html
NHS crisis fears as flu levels hit a three-year high
England's top doctor urges elderly and pregnant women to have flu jabs as figures show levels of the virus are at their highest for three years
Doctors fear A&Es are struggling to cope even before winter sets in

By Laura Donnelly, Health Editor
18 Dec 2014

Flu levels have risen to their highest seasonal level for three years, official figures show.

The country’s most senior doctor urged elderly people, pregnant women and those with health conditions to be vaccinated urgently, amid warnings that the NHS is “creaking” under pressures even before winter sets in.

Figures from Public Health England show rates of flu last week were 66 per cent higher than the same time last year, and the highest they have been at this point since 2011.

The statistics show flu rates are also higher than the same week in 2012/13, when an extra 30,000 people died as a result of cold weather and influenza.

Senior doctors have repeatedly warned that Accident & Emergency (A&E) units are struggling to cope with the demands on them, and could hit major difficulties if levels of flu and norovirus continue to rise.

Today the NHS will publish weekly data showing the number of A&E units which have closed their doors to ambulances, because they are overloaded, and the number of patients forced to queue in ambulances.

The latest figures showed that in the last month, casualty departments were forced to close their doors to ambulances nearly 100 times last month as they failed to cope with rising patient numbers.

In total, around 27,000 patients were stuck inside the backs of ambulances outside A&E units for at least half an hour because staff were too busy to take them in – a third more than this time last year.

And more than 15,000 beds were closed because of norovirus – up 38 per cent from the same period last year .

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies warned that the flu season was underway, and urged those in high risk groups to get vaccinated immediately.

Older people, pregnant women and people with health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and disease of the heart, lung or liver are more likely to become seriously unwell if they catch flu, according to PHE.

Dame Sally said: "Prevention is better than cure, and the increase in flu activity means it is even more important to get your flu jab if you are in an at-risk group.

"If you have not already had it, call your GP as soon as possible. I am very grateful to GPs for the work they are already doing to vaccinate people, and I know they will continue to strive for higher uptake."

It is three years since the country had a major flu season, and officials said the latest figures are still “relatively low” but on the rise.

Dr Richard Pebody, head of seasonal flu surveillance at PHE, said: "We are starting to see increases in flu activity in both children and adults, indicating the start of this year's flu season.

"People in at-risk groups can get the vaccine for free as they are at much greater risk of becoming seriously unwell if they catch flu, and sadly many end up in hospital."

The figures, which track the number of people who visit their GP about flu, show that last week, there were 12.1 consultations per 100,000 people, compared with 7.3 the year before, and 10.1 in 2012.

Experts use the figures to indicate levels of flu in the community, but they greatly underestimate total numbers, as most people with flu do not see their GP.

Latest figures on vaccine uptakes show 70.6 per cent of people aged 65 and over have had the jab.

But only 47.1 per cent of those aged under 65 with a health condition have been vaccinated, and 41.6 per cent of pregnant women have had the jab.

 Post subject: Re: UK
PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:02 pm 

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... paign=1490
Four fold surge in flu cases will tip the NHS over the edge, medics warn

* Figures show there has been a four-fold increase in flu cases this month
* Medical experts are worried about a resurgence of 'Hong Kong flu'
* They fear that the situation could put thousands of sufferers in hospital
* At the beginning of the month there were an estimated 3,500 new flu cases
* By last week cases had increased to 13,500 new cases a week

By Stephen Adams Health Correspondent For The Mail On Sunday
27 December 2014

A surge in the number of flu cases is threatening to push the NHS ‘over the edge,’ doctors warned last night.

Latest official figures show a four-fold increase in the number of flu cases during December, with GPs, facing an extremely busy post-Christmas week at their surgeries, amid fears that hospitals will become log-jammed if the outbreak continues to gather pace.

Medical experts are worried a resurgence of ‘Hong Kong flu’ – a strain known as H3N2 and blamed for the deaths of more than a million people worldwide in the 1960s – could make the situation worse by putting thousands of sufferers into hospital, with the elderly in particular at risk.

Britain has not had a bad flu winter in four years, as more people have developed resistance to the H1N1 swine flu virus, dominant in recent years.

However, scientists say ‘nasty’ H3N2 flu has taken its place – with virulent vaccine-resistant strains also in circulation.

Dr David Mant, professor emeritus of general practice at Oxford University, said: ‘There is good reason for anxiety that this will be a bad winter for flu.

'This will place extra demand on an already over-stretched NHS. Many hospitals are already working at very high bed occupancy rates and emergency departments are experiencing record numbers of attendances.’

At the start of December, there were an estimated 3,500 new flu cases per week, according to data published by Public Health England.

'But by Christmas that had jumped to 13,500 new cases a week – an almost four-fold increase.

Dr Peter Swinyard, chairman of the Family Doctor Association, said a major flu outbreak would put ‘immense pressure’ on A&E departments and hospitals generally.

Dr Richard Vautrey, a Leeds GP and a senior member of the British Medical Association, added: ‘The system is running hot at the moment and you only need a little bit of extra pressure to push it over the edge.’

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