Sharp rise in flu hospital admissions in England
5 January 2018
There was a sharp rise in hospital admissions in England for confirmed flu cases in the last week of December, Public Health England figures show.
There were 114 admissions to intensive care with confirmed flu and a further 421 people admitted to general wards - up from 61 and 66 the week before.
Prof Paul Cosford, medical director at PHE, said the rises were "significant" but not unexpected.
And he said it was not too late to be vaccinated.
Adults aged over 65, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions are advised to get a free flu jab.
A flu nasal spray is available free to children aged two to eight, who are thought to be the main spreaders of flu.
NHS bosses had previously warned of a bad flu season in the UK after Australia experienced its worst flu seas for a number of years during their winter.
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Source: BBC News