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NHS England issues flu outbreak alert

NHS England issues flu outbreak alert

NHS England issues flu outbreak alert

NHS England issues flu outbreak alert

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  • Last week, 3,700 people a day had flu, up from 520 a month earlier.
  • 267 of those admitted required specialized care in critical care beds.
  • NHS England warns health system stresses may rise.
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The number of flu patients treated each day by NHS England rose to 3,700 last week, from 520 one month earlier.

Last week, 267 of them required specialized care in critical care beds.

As flu viruses resume their circulation following a respite during the epidemic, NHS England cautions that stresses on the health system are only going to increase.

There were only 34 flu patients admitted to the hospital each day at this time last year, when social interaction was minimal.

“Unfortunately, these latest flu numbers show our fears of a ‘twindemic’ have been realized, with cases up seven-fold in just a month and the continued impact of Covid hitting staff hard, with related absences up almost 50% on the end of November,” said Prof. Sir Stephen Powis, national medical director of the NHS.

He urged those who were eligible to get their flu and Covid shots as soon as possible, saying there was “no time to be complacent” and that the risk of developing a serious illness was “extremely real.”

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This flu season, both older persons and children under the age of five have had a high rate of admissions.

According to the data, worker absences from all causes average about 63,296 per day, suggesting that the spread of viruses during the winter has also had an impact on NHS staff. 52,556 people were employed at the conclusion of the previous month.

Since the beginning of December, there have been an increasing number of flu admissions in Wales; on Christmas Day, there were 702 flu patients admitted to hospitals, 29 of whom required critical care support.

According to the most recent statistics, the rate of flu-related hospital admissions in Scotland has likewise been progressively rising over the winter and is currently at 7.5 patients per 100,000 people. Since 2017, this is the highest recorded value.

According to the most recent statistics available for Northern Ireland for mid-December, there have been significantly more positive flu tests in hospitals than in prior weeks.

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