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20th October 2017  Content supplied by: Medical Wire & Equipment Co

Are You Prepared for the Flu Season Ahead?

NHS Leaders Warn of a Bad Flu Season Ahead! NHS told to brace itself for bad flu season - Flu could put much more pressure than usual on GPs and hospitals this winter, health bosses are predicting. It follows the worst outbreak in many years in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking at a health conference in Manchester, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the winter flu season there was a pointer to the pressure which could build up in the NHS this winter.

Source: BBC News 12 September 2017

NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients NHS leaders are urging nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers to have a flu vaccination to protect their patients this winter. Vulnerable groups, such as children, pregnant women and older people are also reminded to have their free jab.

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England's medical director, told the BBC he was worried about how staff would cope with a major flu outbreak. He said the NHS was under "severe and unrelenting" pressure.

His comments come following reports of a much higher incidence of flu in the Australian winter and the possibility that the same strain of the virus will be seen in Europe.

Source: BBC News 12 October 2017

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