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Swine Flu

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of persons who died following contraction of swine influenza in the last 12 months had also contracted other diseases. (312495)

Overall approximately 80 per cent. of people who died with Pandemic H1N1 (2009) infection also had other pre-existing diseases or other underlying medical conditions.

Further detail is available in a report in the British Medical Journal, ‘Donaldson LJ, Rutter PD, Ellis BM, Greaves FEC, Mytton OT, Pebody RG and Yardley IE. Mortality from pandemic A/H1N1 2009 influenza in England: public health surveillance study’. BMJ 2009; 339 b5213; this is available online at:

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/339/dec10_1/b5213