SEVERAL areas of Essex, including Harlow, Bishop Stortford and Chelmsford are still in the red zone, according to the Public Health England “Flu-Map”.
According to Government statistics, this is the most significant flu season the UK has seen since 2011. GP activity has increased significantly due to the flu, with many patients not being able to get the appointments when they need them.
The outbreak of the influenza, also known as H3N2, has killed hundreds of people abroad and has sparked major concern in the UK after Australia suffered a severe outbreak.
Richard Pebody, Acting Head of the Respiratory Diseases Department at PHE said, “The best form of protection against flu is to get the vaccine and practise good respiratory and hand hygiene.”
Symptoms can be similar to those of the flu, including fever, exhaustion, a dry cough, sore throat and nausea. Public Health England has urged anyone who thinks they may have the contagious flu to contact their doctor.
PHE press office declined to comment on why Harlow’s flu rate is so high.