Mérida, Yuc.- Flu cases in Yucatan add up to three per week in this season of 2018-2019, so Yucatan ranks eighth among the states reporting the most influenza cases in the current period.
The incidence rate of the disease to date is 8.4% of probable cases and by the 15th of this month there were 18 incidents, derived from 215 cases attended, considered probable.
It should be noted that this season's figure surpasses that of the previous one (2017-2018), when 73 probable cases were counted in the same court and only four were positive for influenza, without deaths.
Therefore, the institutions of the Health Sector have about 500 thousand doses against the disease to apply in Yucatán during this period, since this season, which began six weeks ago, predominates the influenza virus AH1N1 and so far there have been deaths related to the condition .
The list of states with more cases is led by Veracruz, with 73, followed by Guerrero, with 63; Chiapas, with 46; Sinaloa, with 39; Oaxaca, with 35; Tabasco, with 30; Mexico City and Puebla, each with 19; Yucatan, 18 years old, State of Mexico, 17 years old.
According to the weekly epidemiological surveillance report for week 46, with a cut of 15 November, 491 positive cases of influenza were confirmed nationwide, of which 378 corresponded to the H1N1 virus, 76 to influenza B, 28 to influenza . A and nine, for the AH3N2 variety. The total number of probable incidents in Mexico is 6,420.
To date, 28 influenza-related deaths have been confirmed, corresponding to the states of Veracruz (5), Tabasco (4), Sonora (4), Chiapas (3) and Sinaloa (2). The states of Aguascalientes, Tlaxcala, Tamaulipas, Puebla, Queretaro, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico and Hidalgo, confirmed one death each.
In the current seasonal influenza season, which began in Epidemiological Week 40 (first week of October), the groups that most affected the disease are children between 1 and 9 years of age, adults between 40 and 49 years and over 60 years.
The flu virus can spread quickly when a person coughs or sneezes and spreads particles containing the infection through the air. It can also be spread through hands contaminated with the virus.
Vaccine reduces deaths in diabetics by 30 percent
It should be noted that getting a flu vaccine can reduce the chance of a person with diabetes to die of complications from the virus by up to 30%, experts say. Sanofi Pasteur Latin America Medical Director Patricia Cervantes warned that people with diabetes who get the flu are three times more likely to be hospitalized and six times more likely to die.
The specialist explained that this vaccine protects people with diabetes and reduces by 30% the possibility of a sudden heart attack in 22%, heart failure; in 19 percent, a myocardial infarction and in 15 percent a picture of pneumonia. Finally, he pointed out that in eight of the ten cases of people suffering from complications of the flu is because they have not been vaccinated or because they have one or more comorbidities such as diabetes.