Donostia– Last week the incidence of influenza in the Basque Country doubled compared to the previous one and reached 46.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and this year brought the epidemic threshold closer to 55.7 cases.
According to the data of Red Vigía de Osakidetza, there was a "significant" increase in influenza activity in children under 15 years of age, between 0 and 4 years in age groups, and between 5 and 14 years, with 208 3 and 180.9 per 100,000 people, respectively. cases.
Thirteen cases hospitalized with confirmed influenza since the beginning of season have been reported, nine of them serious.
The mean age of hospitalized patients was 71.6, 78% and 75% were not vaccinated. According to Osakidetza, two of the serious cases had to enter the ICU, but one of them left the unit.
In the last week analyzed, there were 303 consultations for influenza syndrome on Day 2, First Sundays in the First Step Network of Osakidetza with 26 November; this number was approximately twice as much as the previous week when 156 consultants were given.
At the end of November, the Ministry of Health and Osakidetza decided to expand the flu vaccination campaign until 31 August, which will initially end on 5 December. With the extension of the term, we want to give the possibility of vaccinating the highest number of people in risk groups.
For this reason, all people over 65 years of age, people with chronic diseases and pregnant women who want to be vaccinated can do so in health centers or polyclinics by the end of the year. Health authorities insist that the vaccine is the most effective means of combating influenza and possible complications. – N.G.