Last week, the number of patients with influenza in the Valmiera area reached the epidemic threshold and therefore the beginning of the influenza epidemic was reported in Latvia from January 15
was informed by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPCC).
SPCC monitoring data show that in the second week of this year, 163.6 cases of influenza per 100,000 inhabitants were reported in one of the ten areas included in the monitoring, ie 100 per 100,000 population.
In the second week of this year, 78.6 cases of influenza per 100,000 inhabitants, 57.7 in Jelgava, 45 in Ventspils, 35.3 in Jurmale, 22.8 in Daugavpils and 13.1 per 100 000 in Liepaja were registered in Riga.
In Latvia, the intensity of the flu has reached an average of 52.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Influenza patients hospitalized last week reported hospitals in Riga, Jelgava, Liepaja, Rezekne, Ventspils and Jekabpils, where 113 patients were hospitalized, including 33 patients with influenza-induced pneumonia. Since the beginning of the influenza season, a total of 428 hospitalized patients have been reported, of which 72 for influenza pneumonia.
As the SPCC states, older people with chronic influenza and chronic illnesses – chronic diseases of cardiovascular, lung and kidney, diabetes, cancer patients, patients with chronic infections, and people with impaired immune status – are the most affected. Flu is particularly dangerous for young children and pregnant women.
The best protection against influenza and influenza-related complications is annual vaccination, specialists have stressed. Because immunity develops within 14 days of vaccination, and the spread of influenza usually lasts several months – by the end of May influenza vaccination is not too late during the outbreak, emphasizes SPCC specialists and adds that it is also recommended that vaccinated healthcare workers to protect their patients and themselves.
SPCC epidemiologists recall that if a person has flu or flu to prevent the spread of viruses, wipes or coughs should be used and then washed hands. Epidemiologists invite you to stay home and contact your family doctor in case of illness.
The National Health Service, meanwhile, recalls that, when an influenza epidemic occurs, family visits of patients with influenza are paid from the state budget if the registered patient lives in the main area of the doctor's activity. These patients must only pay a national fee of EUR 2.85 per visit.
This year the influenza epidemic was reported slightly earlier than last year. Last year, the flu epidemic was reported on January 30, when 117.9 cases per 100,000 people were registered in Daugavpils. But after about four months, on May 3rd, the flu epidemic was over.
Last season's flu has claimed more than 40 lives.