Public Health England (PHE) flu statistics for the first week in January show that GP consultations with flu-like illness increased from 12.9 per 100,000 in the final week of 2019 to 16.6 per 100,000 in the first week of 2020.
PHE describes seasonal flu activity as high but decreasing in secondary care: flu hospitalisation and intensive care admission rates both decreased from 6.23 per 100,000 to 4.42 per 100,000 and 0.40 per 100,000 to 0.37 per 100,000 respectively. However, flu is still having a moderate impact on hospital admissions as well as intensive care unit and high dependency unit admissions.
Vaccination rates in most groups are below those of the same time a year previously: currently, 70.7 per cent of adults over 65 (69.9%) 41 per cent (45.1%) of adults with a long-term health condition, 41.4 per cent (43.8%) of pregnant women, 37.6 per cent (43.5%) of three-year-olds, and 37.7 per cent (41.9%) of two-year-olds have been vaccinated. Comparative figures for 2018 are shown in brackets.