New flu cases fall after 338 deaths
A total of 338 people with flu have died in the UK since September but new cases of the disease are falling.
Health Protection Agency (HPA) data reveals the death toll is up on the 254 reported last week.
Of the 297 cases where information was available, most (92%, or 273 deaths) were linked to swine flu.
Of the 306 cases with information on age, 10 were under five, 14 were aged five to 14, 217 were aged 15 to 64, and 65 were 65 or over.
Around three-quarters of people who died were in an at-risk group, meaning they had an underlying health condition such as heart disease or diabetes, or were aged 65 or over.
A similar proportion had not had the seasonal flu jab.
In the past week, the number of GP consultations in England for flu or suspected flu has fallen to 40.7 per 100,000, down from 66.5 per 100,000 the previous week. On December 30, the peak was 124.4 per 100,000.
Professor John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the HPA, said: "Our latest flu report suggests levels of flu are continuing to decline across the UK and we appear to be over the peak of activity.
"However, flu is still circulating and it is important that people remember to practise good cough and hand hygiene, such as covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, and then disposing of these as soon as possible to stop it spreading in the community."
Thursday's data also showed that swine flu is no longer the dominant strain of flu in circulation. Flu type B is now the most common strain, experts said.