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 adds.
In its opinion, the number of countries reporting an outbreak of influenza has increased in recent European regions. 15 countries, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Lithuania and others, is a notice of sporadic spread of influenza. Some countries, such as the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic, reported some hospitalized patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza, including those in intensive care units.
SPKC specialists warn that it is advisable to choose specific influenza prevention – vaccination when approaching the flu season. "This period before the prevalence of flu has started is most appropriate for vaccination," said Arja.
She explained that vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization and severe complications of influenza that is most at risk for risk groups – young children, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses and over 65 years of age.
At the same time as the influenza season approaches, experts invite people to frequently wash their hands to breathe the air and limit contact with sick people.