Public Health England data shows 24% rise in doctor’s appointments for flu

Senior doctors have urged parents to vaccinate their children, who are “super-spreaders” of flu, as vital NHS services are being flooded with patients this winter.  Medical professionals have said jabs are the best defence against the highly infectious disease which has hit the UK earlier than usual this year.

More people over the age of 65 have been vaccinated this year compared with 2018, but less than a third of two- and three-year-olds have had their jab.  The number of patients booking doctor’s appointments with flu-like symptoms has increased by 24% in the last week, according to the latest data from Public Health England (PHE).

 

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