At the same time, Arjah said the spread of other respiratory viruses is on the rise. Rhinoviruses, adenoviruses, parainfluenza virus, and other viruses that cause acute respiratory infections are common. Arja added that preschool-aged children and adolescents were the most infected with the virus.
According to her, in recent weeks, the number of countries affected has increased in Europe. Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Lithuania have announced the sporadic spread of the flu. Some countries, such as the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic, reported some inpatients with laboratory-confirmed influenza, including those in the ICU.
SPKC experts are advised to choose a specific vaccination – immunization when approaching the flu season. "During this period, the flu is best suited for vaccination before it begins to spread."
She explained that vaccination can reduce the risk of hospitalization and the serious complications of influenza. This complication is most dangerous for children, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses and people over 65 years of age.
At the same time, when the flu season arrives, experts often encourage people to wash their hands, breathe clean air, and limit contact with sick people.