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Flu cases increase in London

posted 17/12/2010   expires 17/03/2011

There has been a recent increase in the number of people with influenza, including H1N1 or ‘swine flu’, in London. The Royal Free is currently treating several patients affected. However, most people who have flu-like symptoms do not require hospital treatment.

Vulnerable groups who may require hospital admission include pregnant women, children and the elderly. However, if you are otherwise fit and healthy flu can usually be treated at home with fluids, over-the-counter medicines and rest.

If you have flu-like symptoms then please do not visit patients in the hospital or attend the A&E department. This is to help minimise the spread of flu among vulnerable patients.

If you are invited by your GP to have a flu vaccination please make every effort to attend to protect yourself and help reduce the spread of flu this winter

To find out more about swine flu or seasonal flu visit the Health Protection Agency or NHS Choices websites. Or you can call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.