This strain has been seen in at least 63 lab cases so far this winter. However, it is slowly building up immunity. A rough victim count will be tallied at some point later this year. This is one of the most common strains seen so far this winter, with at least 63 confirmed cases seen in official laboratories. Scotland and Northern Ireland are already breaching this quota. Flu often leaves sufferers feeling sick and riddled with a constant cough and runny nose. However, in extreme cases it can be deadly. Help my family grieve. Owen Hardy, 95, from Chichester, lost his battle to the bug on January 4. The elderly with their compromised immune systems were particularly susceptible, and a spike in cases among young children occured. The World War II Spitfire veteran died after contracting one of the killer flu strains that is currently circulating the UK, his grieving daughter revealed. She was placed in an induced coma but did not recover, her heartbroken twin sister revealed. Bethany Walker, 18, died after taking ill at home - initially from flu symptoms which later developed into pneumonia. Public Health England at the time confirmed the gifted maths pupil tested positive for flu. The schoolboy, from Stoke-on-Trent, passed away after developing sepsis, triggered by a a strain of influenza B he was fighting, on January The same strains of the virus will circulate north in time for the British flu season, which typically begins in November and lasts until March. However, Wales appears to be being hit by flu cases the hardest, with the nation on the brink of announcing an epidemic, according to Government statistics.