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Seasonal flu levels highest for 10 years

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Flu levels last winter were the highest for almost 10 years, the Department of Health’s annual winter report has revealed.

The number of patients with flu last winter was double the number recorded the previous year, with a spike in December, rather than the more usual January. This put added pressure on the NHS over the already-busy Christmas and New Year period.

It was the highest number of flu cases recorded since the winter of 199/2000.

The report said the flu jab uptake for over-65s rose to almost 75 per cent last winter, which is the World Health Organisation’s target.

But the proportion of nurses and other healthcare workers who were given the flu jab was just 17 per cent, a figure the report described as ‘stubbornly low’.

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