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Thirty-nine people in the UK have now died with flu-like illnesses this winter, figures show.
All but three of them were infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus, while the remainder had influenza B, the Health Protection Agency data shows.
The figures were published as the government announced it is to re-launch an ad campaign to raise awareness of how to guard against flu.
Earlier this week GPs said cases had risen to 124 per 100,000 people.
The latest figures for Scotland, released on Thursday, showed 55 cases of flu per 100,000 - up from 45.8 per 100,000 in the previous week.
The HPA figures show 12 people died in the UK last week.
They also reveal that, out of the 38 cases for which information is available, 23 were people in "at risk" groups.
All except one were aged under 65, and four were under the age of five.
Only two are known to have had this season's flu vaccine.
Germs and bacteria cannot survive in below freezing temperatures... H1N1 is a government created virus... I don't know, you do the math.
Originally posted by woogleuk
Average so far in general, yet high for this early on, it's still well below pandemic levels, they think it's the cold snap thats responsible for the early highness.
Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by thoughtsfull
It will spread faster than the Black Plague when those kiddies go back to school
Originally posted by spikey
Whatever the virus is, 'regular' flu or piggy flu, our family have all had it.
Started with my eldest son, then my youngest, then me, then my wife.
We are all *fine*.
In fact, although it was a weird type of flu inasmuch as the symptoms went and the duration, it is probably the least severe flu i/we've ever had.
It's more like a bad cold than flu.
Started with projectile vomiting, and galloping diarrhoea which lasted about 3 days. (although i escaped the vomiting part)
Then about a week of *very, very* runny nose, sneezing and streaming eyes (like you're crying almost), and a hacking cough. Went though 3 rolls of toilet roll on just my own runny nose! , next was two days of feeling low and very tired, and spent them pretty much in bed asleep, and then a few more days of the returning runny nose...feeling low for a while, then after about 3-4 weeks start to finish, we're back to normal.
My kids seemed to get less severe symptoms than my wife and i did, apart from the vomiting and diarrhoea which was worse for them.
If you do get it, and you don't have asthma or some other respiratory or immune illness, you will probably be fine, just get plenty of fluids and salts, and paracetamol.
If this was *the dreaded swine flu* it wasn't any worse than a bad cold / light flu.
The number of deaths, while very sad on an individual level, is quite normal for winter here in the UK.
I remember hearing a number of years ago, during a breakfast news show, that up to *30,000* people (mainly pensioners) had died due to cold and flu related infections the previous winter!
Even now, i cannot get my head properly around the sheer amount of people that regularly die each flu season...it's mind boggling really.
Dr Brian Smyth, Consultant in Health Protection, at the Public Health Agency said the agency had seen a "continued significant rise" in the number of seasonal flu cases.
"Despite the recent rises, our current flu activity is less than the peaks noted in the past two years. As we expect the flu viruses to continue to circulate for the next few weeks, it is vital that at-risk individuals get vaccinated."
I'm hearing there are now over 450 critical flu cases in Britain and most had the flu vaccination. What does that tell you????