BRITAIN faces a flu bug double-whammy with kids back at school.The virus spreads more easily with children back at school and less than half of eligible youngsters have had the flu jab.The deadly H3N2 strain is feared to have spread to almost all parts of the UK, following a surge in flu cases over the weekend.Dorchester in Dorset and the City of London were last night the only places where no one has yet reported an “influenza-like illness” – with churches even banning handshakes in an attempt to curb the spread of infection.Some 4.5million people are thought to have been struck down by flu over the past week, according to the online tool FluSurvey.In France, the Ministry of Health issued an alert, warning “the influenza epidemic is of an exceptional magnitude, by the number of cases, which risks exceeding those of the last two years”, adding the epidemic has yet to reach its peak.Around 12,000 people visited French emergency departments with flu during Christmas week, while 1,250 were kept in for treatment – and the virus has claimed more than 30 lives across the Channel already.Meanwhile figures from the NHS show that 1,078 people have been admitted to hospital with flu since… Read full this story
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