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HPA: UK flu activity declining

25th January 2011

The number of people who have died from flu in the UK this winter has risen to 254, but vaccine uptake has improved and the number of new cases is falling.

Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show that there were 66.5 GP consultations per 100,000 people in England in the week ending on January 20th 2011, down from 108.4 per 100,000 the previous week.

Vaccine uptake among under-65s in clinical 'at-risk' groups has risen to 48 per cent, while the rate among over-65s has reached 71.7 per cent.

The HPA also noted that, while the number of deaths appears to have soared over the past week, the majority of these 'new' deaths had actually already happened but have only just been confirmed due to the backlog over Christmas.

Professor John Watson, head of the agency's respiratory diseases department, added: "Flu is still circulating in the community and the message remains that people in an at-risk group should get the seasonal flu vaccine."

Last week, the Scottish government revealed that it has ordered an extra 35,000 doses of seasonal flu vaccine to provide a central stockpile.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800363156-ADNFCR

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