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by Robert MacKay, Thursday, January 20, 2011 | categories: Influenza

The latest reports published by the Health Protection Agency on the effects of the flu reveal that the death toll has reached a total of 254 in the UK. This is a jump from 112 just last week; 195 of these people had been infected with the H1N1 virus - responsible for the 2009 pandemic.

Thankfully, the numbers of cases of flu are decreasing with the number of GP visits falling to 66.5 in England for every 100,000. The week before, the number of GP consultations reached a high of 108.4 in 100,000.

One is still at risk of catching flu as the virus is expected to circulate until early February or March. Obtaining treatment as soon as symptoms appear is vital. There have been cases of Tamiflu resistant swine flu reported in Wales however there is no evidence of person to person spreading of this resistant strain.

Experts state that the vaccination will not make a difference at this point as it will take a week or two to take effect. By that stage, medics expect the problem will more or less have dissipated.





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