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