Swine flu causes huge rise in hospital admissions
Saturday 10 April 2010
The number of days people spent in hospital beds with flu in 2009 was up 700 per cent on 2008, data showed today.
Figures from the NHS revealed 33,376 bed days were taken up by people with flu, compared to 4,163 in 2008. The rise was steepest in the final quarter of 2009, with the number of bed days rising to 20,744 between October and December compared to 1,585 in the same period in 2008.
This means the number of bed days was 13 times higher in 2009 than in 2008. The spread of swine flu in the winter is thought to have been behind the large rise in hospital admissions. Of the 20,774 flu admissions between October and December 2009, 5,008 were among under-16s, 6,253 among people aged 17 to 39 and 6,438 were among those aged 40 to 59. Swine flu hit younger age groups in 2009 than those normally affected by seasonal flu, which is reflected in the figures. Just 2,543 admissions were in people aged 60 to 79 and another 409 admissions were among people aged over 80.
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