Swine flu is back

Just now on BBC Radio 4, ten people (with underlying health problems) have died of swine flu (H1N1) within the last six weeks. A man is currently being treated for the disease in the intensive care unit of the Southport and Formby District General Hospital in Merseyside. The health authority says it has admitted several patients with H1N1 since mid-October, according to the BBC.

The Independent newspaper reports that doctors are “shocked” by the spread of the disease, especially given that several of those afflicted were not suffering from any underlying health condition.

Doctors recommend that vulnerable people, including the elderly and those with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, should receive the vaccine against the H1N1. Current recommendation is for a dual vaccine against H1N1 and regular seasonal flu, which remains the bigger killer around the globe.