Health chiefs today urged parents to immediately get their children vaccinated against flu after an early start to the season. Statistics show the number of intensive care admissions for flu in NHS hospitals are three times higher than at the same point last winter. Some 212 people across the country have been rushed into ICU with influenza so far this year - up from 75 in 2018 and 63 the year before. The alarming figures, released by Public Health England, indicate the flu season has struck the country weeks earlier than normal. It has prompted panicked health officials to tell families with young children to ‘get them vaccinated now’. Experts fear the early arrival of flu is a sign that this winter’s outbreak will be severe and protracted, causing chaos for the NHS. Rates of norovirus have also spiked – fuelling fears the bugs will put unprecedented pressure on the already-stretched health service. Data released today revealed there had been triple the number of intensive care admissions for flu this year as in 2018 and 2017 Panicked health officials have urged parents to get their children immunised because just a fifth of two and three-year-olds have so far received their nasal… Read full this story
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