The Worst Flu Increase in 7 years

Flu comes along every winter, but how many people it will infect - and just how poorly they will be - is incredibly difficult to predict. What makes one flu outbreak worse than another?

22/05/2019

Flu comes along every winter, but how many people it will infect - and just how poorly they will be - is incredibly difficult to predict. What makes one flu outbreak worse than another?



After Australia experienced its worst flu season in more than a decade, it was widely expected that the arrival of winter would see more people than usual fall ill in the UK.

That's exactly what has happened: this flu season is the worst for seven years.

The latest figures show a 40% increase in the number of people going to GPsin England with suspected flu in the last week. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have also recorded increases.

With things not expected to improve in the coming weeks we are advising our care assistants and customers to ensure they are doing as much possible to remain immune to the virus.
If you are caring for an elderly relative or a vulnerable individual, follow the following guidance to help prevent the spread of flu in the coming weeks;
  1. Get a Flu vaccination (Free for Carers or Vulnerable individuals from various health clinics/ pharmacies) 
  2. Eat a healthy diet - with lots of nutrients (Fruits, vegtables and wholegrains) 
  3. Ensure you get enough sleep at night
  4. Try getting 30 minutes of exercise each day (even if it is just a walk arround the garden)
  5. Wash your hands throughly with an anti-bacterial soap 
  6. Try to keep a healthy weight
Following this advice will help you remain safe and well this Winter season, allowing you to enjoy a healthy and happy life style.