Ten H1N1 deaths reported in Great Britain

Concern in Great Britain about H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, is growing after the Health Protection Agency announced that 10 people have died from the illness in the last six weeks.

British public health authorities say that the majority of the H1N1 deaths occurred among people who had a pre-existing condition, but not all of them, according to MedicalNewsToday.com. There has been no news regarding whether it was the influenza itself that killed the majority of the patients or their underlying health concerns.

The HPA admitted that the number of H1N1 infected patients showing more severe symptoms was starting to grow, and the public is being urged to get vaccinated if they have yet to do so.

According to the Independent, 494 Britons died during the H1N1 pandemic that originated in Mexico last year. During its peak, 100,000 cases were reported every week in the U.K. The World Health Organization declared that pandemic over in August 2010.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone over the age of six months receive this year’s flu vaccination. The 2010-2011 season vaccine protects against an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus.

In early December, U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans to get vaccinated and declared December 5 -11 National Influenza Week.