Update 2 February 2012: The Canarian Government says the flu is now at “epidemic” rates in the islands. This simply means, however, that registered cases have doubled in the last week, and it is the rate of increase, rather than number of cases, that allows the epidemic category. There are currently fewer than 2 in 1000 cases being registered, the actual rate is 198 in 100,000, with six being considered serious enough to require admission to hospital. Rates are expected to increase over the next month or so, however, particularly among those who are vulnerable, so it is more important than ever for those groupsREAD MORE