09 / 1 / 2015 11.07am
Official figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that 74 new outbreaks of flu were reported in England over the past week, with 107 flu cases admitted to hospital in the same period.
While strains of the virus naturally mutate, out of 24 samples tested by PHE, five have drifted from the strain used in the national vaccine. This makes the vaccine less effective.
However, flu fighter continues to urge frontline staff to have the routine flu jab and PHE has stated that having the flu vaccine is likely to still provide some protection. Essentially, getting vaccinated remains the most effective way of staff protecting themselves and their patients against flu.
With flu circulating at its highest level for three years, it is potentially adding to the spike in winter illness and extreme pressures faced by hospitals in recent days. PHE is continuing to run the 'Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.' campaign to help fight the spread of the virus.
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