Last week, there was a great flu prevalence in Latvia, and the disease stole 17 people, including eight last week, from the disease since the beginning of the season, according to the Center for Monitoring for the prevention and control of diseases.
The average age of the dead is 71, but the life of the man aged 30-39 was also stolen by the flu. All patients had chronic illnesses and were not vaccinated against flu this season.
In the previous infection of the flu, this infection threatened the lives of 91 people, and another year – for 75 people.
Last week, the average flu intensity in Latvia reached 298.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. One week before there were 196.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
SPCC data shows that influenza cases in family doctor practices have been reported in almost all the cities included in the monitoring, except in the counties of Jekabpils and Gulbene. In seven cities, the intensity of the flu has exceeded the epidemic threshold. It was the highest in Valmiera and Riga.
The highest incidence of influenza last week was recorded in children between 5 and 14 years old – 791.2 per 100,000 inhabitants and 556.8 per 100,000 people under four years of age. The incidence increased in all age groups.
Compared with the previous week, the number of patients with hospitalized flu remained unchanged, but the number of patients injected with flu-induced pneumonia increased. A total of 259 patients suspected of influenza infection were parked last week.
Visits to general education institutions decreased last week and were 87.4%, while 63.3% of students attended pre-school, according to SPCC.
SPCC experts report that flu vaccination is not too late during the epidemic and recommends that the population be vaccinated, said center spokesman Ilze Arja.
As reported, on January 15 a flu epidemic was announced in Latvia.
As indicated by the SPCC, older people with chronic flu and chronic diseases – chronic cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal diseases, diabetes, oncology patients, patients with chronic infections and people with debilitated immune status are the most affected. Flu is particularly dangerous for children and pregnant women.
The best flu protection and influenza-related complications are annual vaccinations, specialists said. Taking into account that immunity develops within 14 days after vaccination and the spread of influenza usually lasts several months – by the end of May, flu vaccination is not too late during the epidemic, emphasizes SPCC specialists and adds that It is also recommended that health workers be vaccinated. protect your patients and themselves.
SPCC epidemiologists recall that in order to prevent the spread of viruses, if a person has a flu or flu disease, wipes or coughs should be used and then wash their hands. Epidemiologists invite you to stay home and contact your family doctor in case of illness.