Flu killed 13,000 this winter

A medical professional prepares a syringe of vaccine
The number of deaths caused by flu would be lower if more people had their flu jabs, authorities said

Number of deaths lower than during winter flu epidemic of 2016/17

The winter flu epidemic claimed 13,000 lives, according to provisional figures.

The illness dipped below epidemic levels in mid-April, Santé publique France said in a statement. The number of deaths was down on the flu outbreak in the winter of 2016/17, when 14,400 people died.

A total 93% of those who died from influenza this winter were aged 65 or more, and most of the fatalities were concentrated in two 'mortality peaks' - the first week of 2018, and March 5 - 11.

Corsica and Occitanie saw a 14% rise in mortality rates during the winter flu period, while Hauts-de-France and Normandy both saw 12% increases. The majority of the additional deaths were ascribed to winter flu - a figure authorities said would be reduced if more people had an annual flu jab.

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