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Tuesday 22 October 2019
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Topic: flu

August 2, 2018

The Government should consider the economic as well as health benefits of vaccinating people against flu, according to research by a think tank.
 
Research by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) argued that flu can adversely affect productivity within the economy. The biggest economic benefit of vaccinating against the condition is the reduction of lost employment and care giving costs, which total between £90m and £270m , it said.
 

September 14, 2009
Successful tests of a flu drug have raised ideas as to whether it could clear flu symptoms as Tamiflu does

Successful tests of an experimental flu drug have raised hopes a new medicine could be on the way to fight the illness.

Scientists say the new intravenous drug peramivir works as well as Tamiflu for clearing up flu symptoms.

An intravenous treatment is needed because many sick people cannot swallow Tamiflu pills and because illness hampers the body's ability to absorb oral medicines. It was tested in a large group of people with ordinary seasonal flu in Asia.

December 9, 2008
Government takes measures to prepare for a flu pandemic by stockpiling antiviral drugs

The government has taken measures to prepare for a flu pandemic by stockpiling enough antiviral drugs to treat all pregnant women in the UK.

The Department of Health says it has procured 350,000 treatment courses of Relenza to cope with a "reasonable worst case scenario", which would see 50% of the country's pregnant women become ill in the event of a pandemic.

January 24, 2008
Two European organisations have stated that the ‘flu’ has arrived in Europe.

Two European organisations have stated that the ‘flu’ has arrived in Europe.

The European Influenza Surveillance Scheme (EISS) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have confirmed an upsurge in the number of laboratory confirmed cases of influenza in several European countries.

As of this week, 13 European countries are reporting significant influenza activity (Austria, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK).