The number of people in Britain who have died from flu has risen to 50, according to reports from the British Health Protection Agency (HPA).
Of these, 45 have died of swine flu, and five of another strain, flu type B.
This time, most of the deaths have occurred in children and young adults, with five cases in the under-fives and eight in youngsters aged five to fourteen.
Surgeries Canceled To Make Way For Flu Victims
From The Guardian:
More than 700 infected people were in intensive care and high-dependency hospital beds at last count.
Hospitals are being told to cancel operations to make way for the most seriously ill flu patients.
The NHS is preparing to expand the number of beds available for a highly specialised treatment that is often seen as a last resort. Extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) helps patients whose lungs or heart are not working normally and uses an artificial lung to oxygenate blood outside the body.
Shortage Of Flu Vaccine
With reports from around Britain that doctors are running out of flu vaccine stocks, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the government was considering using leftover vaccine from the 2009 swine flu pandemic, even though this year’s outbreak is slightly different.
Cameron issued this testy comment: “GPs are responsible for ordering flu vaccine, which they did this year and ordered very large stocks. Clearly they are being used up and in some places, yes there have been some shortages.”
Too Late To Make More Vaccine For This Season
Not a good omen for those suffering from the flu; since it takes six months to produce the vaccine, it’s too late to make more for this season.
With London’s Heathrow airport often claimed to be the busiest in the world, is it possible that we will see the spread of swine flu to other countries once again?
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