MORE THAN 100 Kirklees people a day are being struck down with swine flu, the latest figures show.Around 110 antiviral drug prescriptions are being dispensed at special collection points across the area.
The figure shows the number of Kirklees swine flu sufferers has doubled in the last month.
But the figures still leave the region below the national average.
Today NHS Kirklees – monitoring the situation locally – said the exact number of cases was hard to identify after a national shift away from testing people.
A spokesman said: “We cannot give the exact number of confirmed cases.
“These are just the number of people suspected of having swine flu. We have to remember there is still the usual seasonal flu around too.”
He said the number of suspected cases had stayed the same over the past two weeks in Kirklees, compared with the national 3% rise confirmed by the Government’s chief medical officer earlier this week.
He added: “The number of cases has remained stable over the past two weeks. We haven’t seen a huge increase.
“We are monitoring the situation closely but at the moment the antiviral collection points we have open are coping well with the numbers they are receiving.”
Now a vaccination drive is underway to protect those most vulnerable.
Pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems including cancer sufferers, those in close contact with people with suppressed immune systems and people belonging to at risk groups who usually receive the flu vaccine are among those being invited by GPs to be vaccinated.
Patients are being urged to take up the vaccination if it is offered.
Those not registered with GPs but who think they may be at risk are also being urged to sign up with a doctor to receive the jab.
The call comes as the number of suspected new swine flu cases in the UK hit 78,000 this week – up from 53,000 the week before.
More than 750 people are thought to be in hospital with the illness, of which 157 are in intensive care.