The incidence of influenza increases and approaches epidemic levels. News from Guip├║zcoa



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Donostia– The incidence of influenza in the Basque Country last week doubled compared to the previous week, reaching 46.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, bringing the epidemic threshold close to 55.7 this year.

According to data from the Osakidetza Watch, there was a "considerable" increase in influenza activity in children under 15 years of age, with the highest rates in the age groups between 0 and 4 years and between 5 and 14 years old, with 208, 3 and 180.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.

Since the start of the season, thirteen cases of people hospitalized with confirmed influenza have been reported, nine of them seriously.

The mean age of severe hospitalized cases is 71.6 years, almost 78% had risk factors and 75% were not vaccinated. Two of the serious cases had to enter the ICU, although one of them had already left this unit, according to Osakidetza.

In the last week of the study, between November 26 and Sunday 2, Osakidetza's primary care network, there were 303 consultations for the flu syndrome, almost double the previous week, in which 156 consultations were carried out.

In late November, the Health and Osakidetza Secretariat decided to extend the vaccination campaign against the flu until December 31, which should have ended on December 5. With the extension of the term, we want to give the largest number of people in the risk groups the possibility of getting vaccinated.

Thus, all people over the age of 65, people with chronic illnesses and pregnant women who wish to be vaccinated can do so by the end of the year at their health center or outpatient clinic. Health officials insist the vaccine is the most effective tool to fight the flu and possible complications. – N.G.

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