Swine flu symptoms: DEBILITATING flu circulates in Wales – how to spot it

Flu season is now well underway in the UK – its annual appearance often spanning the months of December to February. Colder weather often means people stick to their homes and, as a result, can transmit infections between family members easily. A number of different strains often travel during the season and normally there is one reigning virus. This year, cases of the H1N1 (Swine flu) virus have accelerated and one person is already in critical condition.

The Swine flu strain A(H1N1)pdm09 is the current virus sweeping through Wales, making up the vast majority of cases.

This resurgence means vaccinations are being handed out for people in danger of the flu’s effects.

Among them are children, the youngest of which are being provided with nasal remedies.

Public Health Wales has released some advice for those who may be at risk from the disease.

A spokesman for PHW said: “General practice are reporting influenza-like illness rates are increasing.

“We would encourage individuals who are pregnant, aged 65 or over, or have a long-term health condition and have not had their free vaccine yet, to speak to their GP surgery or community pharmacy as soon as possible to make sure they don’t miss out on this important protection.

“Carers and care home staff should also ask at their pharmacy about getting their free NHS flu vaccine and health and social care workers should ask their employer.”

This year, one person has been admitted to an intensive care unit nearby Wales at Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital.

Robert Brennan, aged 15, was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day, after he contracted flu alongside a cold.

Now the teenager has been left fighting for his life, as he suffers from pneumonia and sepsis.

His mother Mel Brennan has not left his side since he was admitted, closely monitoring his condition.

She said: “He has small bleeds on the brain as the infection is extremely severe and has spread.”

According to the NHS, the symptoms of swine flu are:

– Fever

– Dry cough

– Sore throat

– Headache

– Fatigue (tiredness)

– Diarrhoea

– Vomiting

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