THE number of flu cases in Brighton and Hove doubled last week as doctors urge patients to get vaccinated.

Twelve cases per 100,000 people were reported last week.

That is a 96 per cent rise from the week before, an increase which doctors expect to continue through winter.

Sussex Health and Care urgent care director Katy Jackson said it was not too late for people to get flu jabs.

“Whether it’s missing out on your Christmas dinner, the Boxing Day match or a New Year’s party, nobody wants to be laid low by flu while the festivities are in full swing,” she said.

“The best form of protection against flu for those who have not yet got it is to get the vaccine.

“It still isn’t too late to get the flu vaccine, to protect yourself and vulnerable people around you.””

Vaccines are free for all children aged two to ten, pregnant women, and those older than 65, among others.

As flu cannot be treated with antibiotics, anyone suffering from flu should get rest and sleep.

To get better quickly, doctors advise keeping warm, taking paracetamol, and drinking plenty of water.

The disease can last several days and causes fever, a dry cough, and aching muscles and joints.

Pharmacists can recommend treatments advice - no appointments are necessary.