After three unusually quiet years influenza activity in the UK has started earlier than usual this season, according to the Health Protection Agency. The number of flu cases is now rising to what is considered normal seasonal levels. It is still not yet clear however if the rise in activity so far reported in the UK means that a further substantial rise in infections is imminent. The main strain currently circulating is A (H3N2) Fujian-like strain, which is slightly different to the A (H3N2) Panama-like virus which has been circulating in the UK in recent years. Regular reports are posted on the HPA’s flu pages:

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