What is the flu?
Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract. Compared with most other respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu often causes a more severe illness.
CASES of the flu have doubled to two million in a week in Britain, official figures released today have shown. Health bosses warn this winter’s influenza outbreak has begun, after weeks of little activity. The West Midlands, North East and North West England and Yorkshire and Humber are the […]
Health bosses warn this winter’s influenza outbreak has begun, after weeks of little activity.
Within the space of a week cases have increased by 85 per cent in England and by 55 per cent in Wales.
In the same data, cases of the flu have increased by 139 per cent and by 50 per cent in Northern Ireland.
Nearly two million are experiencing symptoms of the flu, according to estimates and experts warn it could put strain on the already-stretched NHS.
Health authorities across the UK are monitoring the rates of flu in their own country.