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PHE confirms flu is now circulating

2016-01-12 15:34:29

The Chief Medical Officer has advised antivirals drugs may now be used for treatment of flu

Latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) indicate flu is now circulating in the community, with increases seen for several indicators in particular influenza confirmed hospitalisations amongst younger adults.


Virus surveillance from the UK and elsewhere in Europe shows the strain A(H1N1)pdm09 is now the main seasonal flu virus.

The viruses characterised so far this season are well-matched to the vaccine strain.

Previous flu seasons dominated by A(H1N1)pdm09 suggest this strain particularly affects children, pregnant women, and adults with long term conditions like chronic heart disease, liver disease, neurological disease and respiratory disease in particular.

Antivirals are recommended by a number of organisations including NICE, PHE, WHO and ECDC for the treatment and prophylaxis of influenza.

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