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Flu cases have increased across Wales

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Public Health Wales say latest figures show that flu cases have increased across Wales in the last few weeks with a mix of different strains currently in circulation.

Table showing the increased numbers of people having the flu jab:

Credit: Public Health Wales

The flu vaccine remains available and we would strongly advise that those aged 65 years and over, between 6 months and 65 years in risk groups and pregnant women who have not had their flu vaccine this winter, to make sure they don’t miss out and speak to their GP surgery or community pharmacy as soon as a possible.

– Dr Richard Roberts, Head of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme in Public Health Wales

To help reduce the chances of flu spreading, Public Health Wales say people should:

  • Catch it: always cough or sneeze into a tissue
  • Bin it: dispose of the tissue after use
  • Kill it: then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to kill any flu viruses

People are reminded that while flu is circulating in Wales and looks set to increase over the coming weeks, the types of flu being seen are as expected and are not more dangerous than those seen in previous years.

People in at-risk groups with flu-like symptoms, such as those over the age of 65, pregnant women or those with a pre-existing medical condition, should phone their GP surgery or NHS Direct Wales (0845 46 47) for advice as soon as the symptoms start as anti-viral medication may be recommended.

However, they should not attend their surgery without calling first to help reduce the risk of spreading infection to others.

– Dr Giri Shankar, Professional Lead Consultant for Health Protection at Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales are advising people with flu symptoms to stay home from work, school and other public places for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone to avoid infecting other people.

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