Flu rates in Mid-Ulster are ‘low’

Businesswoman having flu
Businesswoman having flu

SEASONAL flu rates remain low in Mid-Ulster, according to latest statistics from the Public Health Agency.

The strains circulating this year include H1N1 and this strain has already been found in small numbers of people in Northern Ireland, and as such is not unusual. At this point in the year seasonal flu rates remain low compared to previous years.

Most people recover quickly from flu, usually within five to eight days. A small number of people will become more severely ill, particularly those in an at-risk group or the elderly.

If you’ve got flu you are likely to experience a sudden fever, with a high temperature (generally above 38°C/100°F), a chill, a severe headache, muscle aches and pains, a sense of feeling weak and tired, a dry cough and a sore throat

Flu symptoms usually peak after two or three days and you should begin to feel much better within five to eight days. If you are becoming more ill, or you are in an at-risk group then contact your GP for advice. Elderly people or those in ‘at risk’ groups may develop complications that can lead to serious illness and can be life threatening.

People who are affected should remain off work until they have recovered.

For more information on seasonal flu go to www.fluawareni.info.

Influenza surveillance data can be viewed at: www.publichealth.hscni.net/directorate-public-health/health-protection/seasonal-influenza