Latest flu figures revealed

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FIFTY-SEVEN patients in the North East are still critically ill in hospital with flu.

The figure, down by one on last week, was released as medics reminded people what they need to do if they think they have flu.

The number of people in critical care across England has fallen from 783 last week to 661.

A total of 112 people with flu have died in the UK since September.

Hospital bosses are asking normally healthy people with flu not to go to accident and emergency departments but contact their GP if symptoms don’t improve after two to three days.

Parents of young children who are ill are advised to speak to their family doctor if they are worried.

An NHS spokeswoman added: “If you think you have flu and are pregnant or in an at-risk group and have not yet been vaccinated, please contact your GP surgery or GP out-of-hours service as you may need treatment with antiviral drugs.”