The climax of the flu wave over now?

The climax of the flu wave over now?

New figures: the climax of the flu wave apparently over
Thousands of Germans have been infected with influenza viruses in the past few months. However, the flu season was less strong this winter than last year. In some regions, such as Saxony-Anhalt, the peak of the flu wave seems to be over.

Flu wave ebbs away
Fever, headache, body aches: The 2016 flu wave was weaker this winter than in the previous year. The flu season is slowly ebbing away in Saxony-Anhalt, reports the news agency dpa. According to the latest weekly report by the State Office for Consumer Protection, the flu wave peaked there about a week before Easter. According to this, over 1,000 sick people were registered. It is said that the number of reported cases has dropped significantly again, to around 750. No figures are currently available for the period since Easter.

The flu season was stronger last year
The flu season varies from year to year. 2015 was one of the violent years. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) had registered 6,677 patients. According to dpa, there were a similar number only in 2013 (6,864) and 2009 (6,664). On the website of the RKI, current and well-founded information on the activity of influenza in Germany is continuously compiled. There it says: For the 12th reporting week 2016, 6,391 influenza cases confirmed by laboratory diagnostics have so far been sent to the RKI (data status as of March 30, 2016).

Avoid infection with influenza viruses
Even if the flu wave is coming to an end, it is still important to comply with important hygiene rules in order to avoid infection with the viruses. Health experts recommend washing your hands regularly and thoroughly. It should also be ventilated frequently. Sick people should take care to always sneeze into a handkerchief or the crook of the arm and not into the bare hand. In contrast to the common cold, influenza is a week-long and contagious disease. It manifests itself among other things through symptoms such as high fever, joint and limb pain, chills, headache and cough. (ad)

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