Flu season starts as cases rise

The flu season has begun after an increase in the number of children aged five to 14 falling ill.

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North East of England 'most affected by flu'

Researchers say flu levels are still very low but overall the results suggest that the English region most affected by the virus is the North East with 19,200 per 100,000.

Patient being given a flu jab Credit: Press Association

Dr Alma Adler, Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said: "We now need more people to sign up and let us know how they are feeling so we can study these figures in greater depth and increase our understanding of seasonal flu."

'At risk' groups urged to get jab as flu season starts

We are seeing an increase in flu activity mainly among school children indicating the start of this year's flu season.

Flu vaccination is still the most effective way of preventing flu and it is not too late to get it so we would encourage all those who are in 'at risk' groups to get vaccinated as they are more vulnerable to developing complications from flu.

These include people with underlying conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, lung, liver or renal diseases and those with weakened immune systems, as well as older people and pregnant women.

– Health Protection Agency

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