Cases of flu rising earlier than expected

Is COVID-19 still a problem?

Yes, it is. The UK is currently experiencing its sixth wave of COVID-19, one expected to end between the end of October and the end of November.

The government is also running through its booster programme. So far over-50s and vulnerable younger adults are being offered their fourth dose.

Speaking about the upcoming winter, Director of Public Health Programmes at the UKHSA, Dr Mary Ramsay said: “Our latest data shows early signs of the threat we expected to face from flu this season.

“We’re urging parents in particular not to be caught out as rates of hospitalisations and ICU admissions are currently rising fastest in children under five. This will be a concern for many parents and carers of young children, and we urge them to take up the offer of vaccination for eligible children as soon as possible.”

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