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Flu jab warning as infections soar
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:50 am 

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Health chiefs have urged people aged over 65 to get vaccinated after flu infection rates more than doubled in the last week.

Other groups most at risk include pregnant women and people with chronic respiratory disease such as severe asthma or bronchitis. This year's vaccine protects against strains of seasonal flu and swine flu.

According to figures released by the Royal College of GPs, cases of flu symptoms in England and Wales have soared to 87.1 per 100,000 people, from 32.8 in the previous week, with school-age children particularly affected.

Rates of flu are highest in youngsters aged five to 14, followed by those under four, then people aged 15 to 44.

Among all ages, rates almost tripled in the South in one week, from 36 per 100,000 to 93.4.

In the North, the rate was 55.5, up from 15.7, and was 94.9 in the central England region, up from 37.9.

Swine flu is still the most dominant strain of flu this winter, but there are other types, including type B

To date, fewer patients than last year in at-risk groups have come forward for the seasonal flu jab.


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