National Pandemic Flu Service launched as England reaches 100,000 new cases – 23 July 2009

Posted on July 24, 2009. Filed under: Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu | Tags: |

National Pandemic Flu Service launched as England reaches 100,000 new cases from:  The British Journal of Healthcare Computing and Information Management    23 July 2009

“The National Pandemic Flu Service was launched this afternoon by Health Secretary Andy Burnham. The new service is a dedicated website and phone line for people to check their symptoms and get a unique number which will give them access to antivirals if necessary. The service is only for England at the moment, with the other regions of the UK using existing services for advice (see below for details).

The website was overloaded shortly after being launched, no doubt due to the intense media interest, and links off the home page displayed a holding page asking people to return later.

The service was launched with announcement of the latest weekly pandemic flu update from the Health Protection Agency (HPA). The HPA reported that there were an estimated 100,000 new cases of swine flu in England in the last week (estimate range is +/- 40%). The figure has to be estimated based on clinical diagnosis by GPs as there is no longer laboratory confirmation of infection, so many cases may not be swine flu but other common infections that give similar symptoms such as sore throat.”

…continues on the website

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