Public Health England has reported the number of flu cases confirmed in hospitals in the week to December 8 was 472, up from 330 the week before. There were eight deaths in intensive care units where flu was a factor – the highest number this season and taking the total death toll for the UK to 15 over a nine-week period.
Following the simple steps below will make a huge difference in the fight against common colds and the flu virus – and help you have a festive season without feeling poorly.
- CATCH IT – Always carry tissues and use them to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
- BIN IT – Dispose of used tissues as soon as possible
- KILL IT – Clean your hands with soap and water as soon as you can and make sure you wash them frequently
An easy way to stay well this winter is to get the flu vaccination. You are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you are pregnant, are aged 65 years or over, have a long term health condition, or are a carer – children aged 2 and 3 can have the nasal spray vaccine which is fast and painless. Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife for advice.
If you follow the steps above then it will help you and your family stay safe and well this winter.
For more information on the NHS flu vaccination see here