At the same time Arjah said that the spread of other respiratory viruses is increasing. Rinoviruses, adenoviruses, parainfluenza virus and other viruses that cause acute respiratory infections are common. Preschool children and adolescents are most infected with the virus, Arja added.
According to her, in recent weeks the number of countries reporting flu fluence in the European region has increased. 15 countries, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Great Britain, Estonia, Lithuania and others, have reported sporadic flu widespread. Some countries, such as the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic, reported some hospitalized patients with laboratory confirmed flu, including those who are in intensive care units.
SPKC specialists remind that it is advisable to opt for a specific prevention of influenza – a vaccination against the approaching flu season. "This period, before expanding the spread of influenza, is best suited to vaccination," Arja said.
She explained that vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization and serious complications of influenza that is most threatened by at-risk groups – young children, pregnant women, chronic illnesses and those aged over 65.
At the same time, as the flu season approaches, specialists urge people to frequently wash their hands, keep the air clean and reduce contact with the sick.