At the same time, Arjah said the spread of other respiratory viruses is increasing. Rinoviruses, adenoviruses, parainfluenza virus and other viruses causing acute respiratory infections are common. Pre-school children and adolescents are the most infected with viruses, Arja added.
According to her, in recent weeks, the number of countries reporting an outbreak of influenza has increased in the European region. 15 countries, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Britain, Estonia, Lithuania and others, have been informed of the sporadic spread of influenza. Certain countries, such as the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic, reported some patients hospitalized with laboratory confirmed flu, including those in intensive care units.
SPKC specialists remind that it is advisable to choose the specific prevention of influenza – vaccination when the flu season approaches. This period, before widespread spread of influenza has begun, is best suited for vaccination, Arja said.
She explained that vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization and serious complications of influenza, which is most at risk for risk groups – young children, pregnant women, people with chronic illness and people over 65 years of age.
At the same time, as flu season approaches, specialists invite people to frequently wash their hands, keep air clean and limit contact with the sick.