At the same time Arjah said that the spread of other respiratory viruses is increasing. Rhinoviruses, adenoviruses, parainfluenza virus and other viruses that cause acute respiratory infections are common. Children and adolescents of pre-school age are the most infected with viruses, Arja added.
According to her, in recent weeks, the number of countries reporting a flu outbreak has grown in the European region. 15 countries, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Great Britain, Estonia, Lithuania and others, informed about the sporadic spread of flu. Certain countries, such as the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic, have reported some hospitalized patients with laboratory confirmed influenza, including those who are in intensive care units.
SPKC specialists recall that it is advisable to choose specific flu prevention – vaccination when approaching the flu season. "This period, before the widespread spread of influenza has begun, is best suited to vaccination," Arja said.
She explained that vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization and severe complications of influenza, which is most at risk for risk groups – young children, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases and those over the age of 65.
At the same time, when approaching the flu season, specialists invite people to wash their hands frequently, to keep breathing air clean, and to limit contact with sick people.