At the same time, Arjah said that the spread of other respiratory viruses increased. Rhinovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza virus and other viruses that cause acute respiratory infections are common. Children and adolescents at the preschool age are the most infected with viruses, added Arja.
According to her, the number of countries reporting a flu outbreak in recent weeks has grown in the European region. 15 countries, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Great Britain, Estonia, Lithuania and others, are informed of the sporadic spread of influenza. Some countries, such as the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic, have reported some hospitalized patients with laboratory confirmed flu, including those in intensive care.
SPKC specialists recall that it is advisable to choose specific flu vaccination – vaccination when approaching the flu season. "This period, before the extensive spread of influenza has begun, fits best for vaccination," said Arja.
She explained that vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization and severe complications of influenza, which is most vulnerable to risk groups – young children, pregnant women, chronic people and people over 65 years of age.
At the same time, urges specialists to approach the flu season to invite people to wash their hands frequently, to keep the air cleaner and to limit contact with sick people.