Nations in the northern hemisphere have been warned that a flu outbreak is likely.
The news comes after medical officials in the UK reported a higher than normal number of cases being recorded this season, which prompted officials to stress the importance of vaccinations. The H1N1 strain has been the most dominant of the three varieties showing up in the UK.
Now, the majority of Europe as well as numerous other countries in the northern hemisphere are being told that an outbreak is on the horizon. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has said that numbers in Europe have increased already whilst the United States and Canada are thought to be experiencing the largest number of cases thus far into the season.
The highest numbers of confirmed cases of H1N1, (swine flu) in Britain have been recorded in among the younger age groups. Experts say this is likely because older generations probably had been exposed to a similar virus decades ago, which in turn gives them some degree of immunity to the newest strain.
Meanwhile, the Health Protection Agency (aka HPA) said that a massive outbreak in Britain wasn’t likely, despite the number of flu-related deaths reaching 27 people so far into the season.