The NHS is bracing itself for the worst flu epidemic in years amid fears of a perfect storm this winter when combined with Covid.
Experts predict the flu season will hit hard and early, causing up to 20,000 deaths and hospitalising tens of thousands more.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warned of a ‘difficult winter’ as viruses, including flu and Covid, are starting to circulate widely.
They are now urging millions to get vaccinated or risk another catastrophic winter for the health service.
Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at UKHSA, said there were ‘strong indications’ that both posed a deadly threat this winter.
She added: ‘If you are offered a jab, please come forward to protect yourself and help reduce the burden on our health services.’
Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at UKHSA, said there were ‘strong indications’ flu and Covid posed a deadly threat this winter
Experts have warned this winter could be catastrophic for the…