Vaslui doctors recorded no fewer than 34 cases of flu in the last week, the evolution of diseases showed a growing trend compared to the previous week when 18 cases were recorded. The highest incidence of disease, 14 cases, was registered in the age group of 15 to 49 years and in the age group of 50 to 64 years (7 cases). 6 other cases were recorded in people over 65 years of age. Although less, influenza cases have also been reported among children: two cases in children aged 5 to 14 years, three cases in children 2 to 4 years and one case in a baby aged up to one year.
An upward trend was also observed in pneumonia with 329 cases compared with 261 in the previous week but also in respiratory infections with 1617 cases compared with 1564 in the previous week. The age categories were the highest incidence, as in the case of influenza, the categories of the active population, aged between 15 and 64 years.
According to representatives of the Vaslui Public Health Department (DSP), at the beginning of the cold season, 41,930 doses of influenza vaccine were received and distributed for the risk categories, with 2,772 doses requested at the Ministry of Health.
At this time, the Ministry of Health has declared an influenza epidemic. Restricted access to visitors from all health facilities, especially in areas at risk, urgent recovery of antiviral stocks required for the treatment of acute respiratory infections, establishment of antiviral therapies immediately after hospitalization for all patients with influenza- to establish prophylactic treatment with antivirals in patients contacted, urgently vaccinating unvaccinated medical personnel, restoring and protecting the inventory of protective equipment, urgently recovering stocks of antiseptic and disinfectant to ensure the strict hygiene of hand and surfaces.
Vaccination remains the solution for disease prevention. Experts estimate that intense virus circulation will continue in February.
The Ministry of Health also ordered 30,000 vaccines for the at-risk population to be distributed to the public on Thursday in the public health departments that requested these doses.
Recommendations for the population:
- Consult a family doctor for symptoms suggestive of influenza and that may establish a possible indication for hospitalization;
- Homogeneous isolation of people with flu-like symptoms;
- Respect for the label of coughs and sneezes (use of scarves for single use or cough / sneeze on the inside of the elbow joint);
- Proper hand hygiene to reduce the spread of the virus;
- Wear appropriate protective equipment (masks, gloves, gowns) by visitors and medical staff;
- Continuous influenza vaccination