Did you get your flu vax yet?
0Dec 18, '10 by indigo girlhttp://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...e-2161629.html
I know it's kind of late but not too late to think about this. No wants to think about this, not even me. But, people are still dying and being hospitalized when they could have had some protection. Those pregant moms in critical condition, jeez, I cannot think of anything sadder.
Diseases have a way of crossing borders and jumping on planes. Please think about protecting yourself, your patients and your families.
Quote from www.independent.co.ukFifteen patients have died and more than 100 patients are in intensive care with suspected swine flu as doctors warned that the disease is turning out to be more severe than last year.
Intensive care specialists said that the NHS was under greater pressure than 12 months ago. There has been a surge of cases admitted to hospital in the last 10 days and in the North-west the numbers are above those at the peak of last year's pandemic.
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0Dec 21, '10 by indigo girlSevere flu cases in UK serve as warning to Europe - AlertNet
Quote from www.trust.org(hat tip crofsblog)A spokeswoman for the British government's health department said a total of 302 people were in critical care beds with flu. She could not say how many had the H1N1 strain which spread around the world as a pandemic from 2009, but experts said it was likely that H1N1 would be dominant.
"From around the country, reports from frontline staff are showing unprecedented levels of hospitalisation with severe flu in high-risk adults," said Peter Openshaw, director of the Centre for Respiratory Infection at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.
Experts said the evidence from Britain suggested H1N1 flu, which is also known as swine flu, was behaving much as it did last year, affecting younger adults, those in high risk groups such as pregnant women, and also some children.
0UK: Flu Triples In A Week, Puts NHS `Under Growing Strain’
UK: Flu Triples In A Week, Puts NHS `Under Growing Strain
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com...we are hearing that the number of ILI consults in England has nearly tripled again – to 87 per 100,000 ( a six-fold increase in 3 weeks).
And that number, again, likely lags behind reality.
With more than 300 people reportedly in intensive care, and more flu patients than can be quickly seen by NHS doctors, the National Health Service has decided to authorize expanded use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu), and to re-open the National Influenza hotlines.
0Referral: Fergus Walsh On The UK Flu
Referral: Fergus Walsh On The UK Flu
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.comWhat makes the UK's outbreak so newsworthy are the demographics of those being hospitalized.
Unlike with previous seasonal flu strains, the 2009 H1N1 virus has a predilection for those under the age of 65. So, disturbingly, younger adults and children are the hardest hit groups.
Thus far, however, in terms of total numbers hospitalized or killed, the outbreak of influenza in the UK looks pretty much like what we'd expect during any severe (non-pandemic) flu season.
0Dec 26, '10 by talaxandraIt's summer here, but we're getting more H1N1 cases than I remember seeing over winter. In one week ICU had two pregnant women intubated; both pregnancies were terminated, and one woman died anyway.
I was late getting the vaccine this year, and for the first time ever came down with flu (probably H1N1 according to my GP). Fortunately it was during annual leave, so I didn't expose any patients. I had the fluvax as soon as I went back to work and won't delay next winter.
0460 flu victims fighting for life as experts admit 24 deaths from swine strain may be only a fraction of the true number | Mail Online
Quote from www.dailymail.co.ukBBC News - Sharp rise in serious flu cases prompts jab questionsThe number of people in intensive care with confirmed or suspected flu in England has risen to 460 - more than double what it was a week ago.
As of today, there were 460 patients receiving the same level of care.
Of the 460 patients currently receiving intensive care for flu, 366 were aged between 16 and 64.
There were 51 patients aged 65 and over, and 26 under five; another 17 were aged between five and 15.
It comes as medical experts admit the 24 lives claimed by the swine strain could be a fraction of the true death toll.
In total 27 people have died from flu this winter, with 24 of these victims of swine flu, or H1N1. The others died from a different strain, known as influenza B.
Quote from www.bbc.co.uk(Thanks to Avian Flu Diary for these links!)...vaccination rates are lower and Labour has urged the health secretary to immediately launch an advertising campaign aimed at the most at-risk.
It is normal for TV and newspaper adverts to run during the autumn, urging at-risk groups to come forward for immunisation. But this year's campaign was scrapped.
Dr Richard Vautrey, of the British Medical Association, said: "We wrote to the Department of Health a couple of weeks ago warning about the low uptake. People do not seem to have been taking this year's seasonal flu seriously enough and I think an awareness campaign early on could have helped."