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Report on response to swine flu

Antiviral drugs are being used to reduce symptoms and prevent spread

More than 175,000 people have contracted swine flu in the East of England, says a new report on the region's response to the pandemic.

The number of cases reported went from 35,922 from 23 to 31 July 2009 to 3,073 cases between 1 and 12 January 2010, says the report.

It is due to go before the NHS East of England's board meeting on Thursday.

Sources have told the BBC that there have been 22 swine flu-related deaths in the East of England.

The report says the H1N1 vaccine uptake among hospital staff has ranged from 21% at West Herts to 78.7% in Papworth.

The report says that there is evidence that the peak of cases has passed.

However, it adds that the NHS continues "to see a significant percentage of paediatric critical care beds in the East of England occupied by patients with confirmed or suspected H1N1".

The report says there have been 175,725 cases of swine flu since July 2009 and 119,325 people have collected anti-viral medication to treat the virus.

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