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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

UK : Huge Rise In Swine Flu Feared As Children Go Back To School

Via Medical News Today :

" As the holiday period ends with the highest flu numbers in Europe, United Kingdom authorities are bracing for a considerable rise in H1N1 flu (swine flu) cases when children go back to school this week. The National Health Service (NHS) and the HPA (Health Protection Agency) are urging parents to be especially vigilant to the threat of flu.

At risk groups can still be vaccinated, health experts reiterated today - it is not too late to receive the jab.

According to Professor John Oxford, St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospital, history has shown that a rise in flu case numbers nearly always coincides with a return to school. The big question this time, with flu rates already extremely high for this time of year, is not whether there will be a surge, but how long it will last."

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