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Flu: An NHS nightmare
Winter can bring severe respiratory infections and flu, and lead to patients flooding A&E departments. BBC News Online examines the potential for crisis.

The impact on the health service
The NHS was stretched to breaking point by last year's flu outbreak.

The political fallout

Around the UK
Last year's flu bug hit communities hard around the nation, particularly in some parts of Scotland where infection levels did reach epidemic proportions.

Diagnosis, treatment and vaccines
Flu is a debilitating condition, and can, in severe cases, be life-threatening. Doctors advise, however, that most flu patients should take an off-the-shelf remedy and go to bed.

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