A flu outbreak in England has prompted some schools in the South West to issue guidance for parents to keep children off school for a week if they are ill.
The H1N1 virus – widely known as swine flu – is the main strain being contracted, according to Public Health England (PHE).
Swine flu was responsible for the 2009-2010 pandemic, but is now considered to be “normal seasonal flu”, as the number of people with some degree of immunity to it has increased.
The South of England has seen the highest number of cases of flu since October – with 113 cases reported, compared to 79 in the Midlands and the East of England, 39 in the North and just 22 in London.
PHE wrote to local authorities in the South West, stating they had received an…