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 英国では10月以来でインフルエンザによる死亡者数が112人となり、過去1週間で62人増加した。HPA当局によれば増加は多くはクリスマス前に死亡し報告が遅れたことによる可能性があるという。ほとんどは新型ブタインフルエンザだった。多くは15〜64才だったが、14才未満の子どもが9人亡くなった。
 データ入手可能な81人のうち、63人がインフルエンザのリスク群であった。ワクチン接種歴がわかっている47人のうち40人は今季のワクチン接種を受けていなかった。
 10月以降で、95人が新型ブタインフルエンザであり、12人がB型インフルエンザだった。
 Sally Davies教授は、死亡数が急増したように見えるが、確認された死亡を報告しているので時間がかかるためであり、発症数はピークにかかっていると見ている。しかし学校休み明けとなるのでその後が問題である。持病を持つ子供はできるだけ早くワクチンを受けるように薦めている。
 死亡者数は2009ブタインフルエンザ・パンデミック時の500人に比べればはるかに少ない。
(2011/01/13 BBC)
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13 January 2011 Last updated at 16:14 GMT
Sixty more deaths, but flu 'may be starting to plateau'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12184395

画像Sixty-two people died with flu in the UK in the past week, bringing the total to 112 since October, figures reveal.

However, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said the rise could be due to delayed reporting, with many of the deaths occurring before Christmas.
Most of those who died had swine flu. The majority were aged between 15 and 64, but nine children under 14 died.
An HPA spokesman said the number of people seeing their GP for flu-like illness was beginning to plateau.
Of the 81 deaths where data is available, 63 people were in risk groups for flu.
And of the 47 for whom vaccine status is known, 40 had not had this season's flu jab.
Since October, 95 deaths have been linked to swine flu and 12 to the influenza B virus, with the rest unclassified.

Cases not soaring
Professor Sally Davies, Interim Chief Medical Officer for England told the BBC that, while it may look as if deaths had soared in the last week, in actual fact the rise had been "steady".
The HPA reports only verified deaths, so while it appears as though the number dying from flu had doubled in the past week, the figure seems larger because of the time it takes to confirm the cause of death.
Professor Davies was reluctant to say the outbreak had peaked, but added: "I hope we'll have good news, maybe not next week because of schools going back, but the week after."
And she appealed to parents of children with underlying health conditions to have their children vaccinated.
"Their parents must take them to have the vaccination as soon as they can."
Last week it was announced that jabs left over from the swine flu pandemic would be made available after some GP's practices reported a shortage of this year's vaccine.
More than 200,000 doses have been ordered.

Professor David Salisbury, director of immunisations at the Department of Health, said: "No one should be turned away because of a shortage of vaccine. There is no reason to turn away at-risk patients."

Bacterial infections
The HPA said though that the figures only represented a proportion of those who had died from flu, or from complications such as pneumonia.
However, deaths are far fewer than the 500 seen during the swine flu pandemic in 2009.
The number of people in critical care beds in England has fallen from 783 last week to 661.
Professor John Watson, head of respiratory diseases at the HPA, said: "Our latest flu report suggests levels of people seeing their doctor for flu-like illness is beginning to plateau but this may be skewed by the recent holiday period.
"Flu is still circulating in the community and the message remains that those people in an at-risk group should have their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as possible as this is the best way to protect themselves from flu this winter."
At-risk groups who are advised to have the jab include pregnant women, the elderly and those with other underlying conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, lung, liver or renal diseases and those who have weakened immune systems.
The HPA added that it had seen a "modest" increase in bacterial infections such as pneumococcal and meningococcal disease, which might be linked to flu, and that it was advising doctors to remain vigilant for them.
Professor Watson added: "The severity of these conditions means that prompt identification and treatment are essential."
Professor John Oxford, a virologist at Barts and the Royal London, suggested the outbreak might be "past the worst".
But he told the BBC it was important for government and experts like himself to learn lessons.
"It was much bigger than we thought. We should think much more seriously about vaccinating the under-fours."


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