Light start to the flu season

Light start to the flu season

Light start to the flu season
10.01.2015

The flu season has got off to a light start this year in Saxony-Anhalt. And this despite the possible weaknesses of the vaccine. Even if many Germans do not adhere to it, people from risk groups are advised to be vaccinated again every year.

The flu season has so far been mild

So far, the flu season in Saxony-Anhalt has got off to a light start, despite possible weaknesses in the vaccine. According to a message from the dpa news agency, the Ministry of Health had informed on request that 13 diseases had been registered by the end of the 51st calendar week of last year. Although this is more cases than in 2013, when only eight cases were counted, it was significantly fewer than in 2012. In that season, 7,040 people in Saxony-Anhalt contracted flu and 157 cases were counted up to the 51st calendar week.

The effect of the vaccine is not optimal this season

In the current season, the flu shot apparently does not provide optimal protection. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), one of the three currently active virus types is expected to be less effective. Many people in Germany are not vaccinated against influenza anyway, as they have reservations, as a representative study by the Federal Center for Health Education (BzgA) showed in the previous year. The Standing Vaccination Committee (STIKO) recommends vaccination for people from certain risk groups, such as people over the age of 60, chronically ill people with basic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma or cardiovascular diseases, medical staff and pregnant women from the second trimester of pregnancy. (ad)

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