Fifteen flu sufferers die in Wales in one week
Friday, January 14, 2011
Over the course of the last week, fifteen people who have suffered from influenza have died in Wales, as reported to the . The total amount of flu-related deaths in Wales since October 2010 has now increased to 27.
|Despite the slight increase in the clinical consultation rate for influenza this week compared to the previous week, the rate of consultations for flu-like illness in Wales still remains within the levels of normal seasonal flu activity.|
On Tuesday, 49 people were being treated in critical care beds in hospitals around Wales, according to health officials. With twelve reported admissions,had the highest amount of critical care patients in Wales. has the second highest total number of patients experiencing this critical care in the country, with eleven being cared for. and have nine important care admissions each. contains five of such patients, while has three.
The age group of 25–34 years old had the largest amount of meetings with; the rate of consultation was 147 people for every 100,000. For all age groups, 93 people out of every one hundred thousand have been consulting with a GP; on January 5, the total figure stood at 85 meetings per 100,000.
"Despite the slight increase in the clinical consultation rate for influenza this week compared to the previous week, the rate of consultations for flu-like illness in Wales still remains within the levels of normal seasonal flu activity," said Chief Medical Officer of Wales. "Most healthy people will recover from flu-like illnesses within five to seven days with plenty of rest and drinking non-alcoholic fluids. On the issue of vaccination against seasonal flu, whilst we have been working to make stocks of the vaccine that was developed against swine flu available to be used where supplies of seasonal flu vaccine have run low, we are now well into the flu season.", the
According to West Wales General Hospital in both had a solitary patient., 13 patients experiencing flu-related symptoms were getting treatment at in on Tuesday. Meanwhile, five were receiving hospital treatment at in . Also, in and
Jowell also commented: "People in at-risk groups are at a higher risk of complications from seasonal flu, and the best protection is early vaccination. A press and publicity campaign has been running since October and has included television, radio and bus adverts to let people know if they are in an at-risk group, and that the vaccine is available free of charge to those groups from GPs. We have also encouraged health boards and GPs to ensure that their patients and front line NHS staff are vaccinated against seasonal flu."
Throughout the United Kingdom, 62 individuals reportedly died in the last week, as the result of suffering from influenza. The majority of these victims were suffering from swine flu. In most of these cases, the sufferers were aged between 15 and 64. However, nine of the fatalities were of children aged below fourteen.