31 January 2011
The number of people contacting their GP with flu symptoms has fallen dramatically since the start of the year.
According to new figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the number of registered GP consultations for flu in England and Wales fell from 124 per 100,000 people to just 40.7 per 100,000 people in the past four weeks.
The HPA, also noted a substantial fall in the number of critical care beds occupied by those with flu-like symptoms.
At its peak, 815 beds were occupied by such patients, but this has fallen to just 247.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, interim chief medical officer at the HPA said: "I am cautiously pleased with the decline in cases again this week. But winter isn’t over yet and we still all need to be on our guard against flu."
She added that it is not too late for people who haven't already been vaccinated to receive preventative treatment.
According to the NHS, seasonal flu usually affects between 50 and 200 people per 100,000 of the population between October and April.
1 "Weekly flu report, 27 January 2011". Health Protection Agency. Thursday, January 27th 2011.
2 "Seasonal flu". NHS. Tuesday, January 4th 2011.
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