Colds and ‘flu cases soar as UK shivers

5 Apr 2013

March was the coldest month on record and cases of sneezes, coughs and fevers have hit unusually high levels, so sending demand for remedies soaring.

March was the coldest month on record and cases of sneezes, coughs and fevers have hit unusually high levels, so sending demand for remedies soaring. 

Cold and ‘flu-beating remedies are in such demand that Tesco has maintained winter levels of supplies for customers in stores and online. Sales in the last week of common remedies for colds, ‘flu, coughs and sore throats are 46 per cent up on the same time last year. 

‘We should be out of the cold and ‘flu season by now,’ said Tesco Pharmacy manager Joy Wickham, ‘Instead we’re maintaining stock at winter levels to meet the demand because of this bitterly cold weather we are all stuck with.  We’ve just seen another spike in reported cases this week.‘It is good news for hay fever sufferers:  normally customers would be stocking up on treatments but it isn’t happening yet.’ 

Reported cases of colds and ‘flu nationally were up by 35.8 per cent last week compared to the same time a year ago when the weather was more spring-like.  Cases since September (the start of the season) are up by 18.3 per cent so far on the 2011/12 winter.

* ENDS*Source: Flu Activity Notification data 

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