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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 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 further strain on the already-stretched NHS.

Health authorities across the UK are monitoring the rates of flu in their own country.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

  • according to the NHS a sudden fever – a temperature of 38 °C or above
  • aching body
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • dry cough
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • nausea and being sick

Minister for Health Simon Harris appeals to the public to get the flu vaccine

More than half of pregnant women and three in 10 over-65s have not had the jab, latest figure show.

PHE’s Richard Pebody told the MailOnline: “The best form of protection against flu is to get the vaccine if you are eligible and to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene.

“It isn’t too late to get the flu vaccine so make sure you take up the offer if you’re eligible, to protect yourself and vulnerable people around you.”

The latest report estimates nearly three per cent of the population say they are experiencing flu-like symptoms this week.

The West Midlands, North East and North West England and Yorkshire and Humber have a “medium intensity” of cases, making it the worst affected.

The East Midlands, East of England, South West, South East and London are fewer effects and are at “low intensity”.

Regional figures are not available for Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

How To Treat The Symptoms of Flu

  • Stay home and get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Treat aches and fever.
  • Take care of your cough.
  • Run the humidifier.
  • Try a lozenge.
  • Us Saline to clear out the nasal passages.

Above all get vaccinated.