February 5, 2023

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Influenza epidemic after two months

The influenza epidemic that began in mid-March 2022 has ended. After this peak, the number of people infected with influenza has fallen sharply in recent weeks, according to experts from RIVM, Erasmus MC and Nivel. Influenza virus was found less frequently in throat and nose samples of people with flu-like symptoms. This was reported by RIVM.

An influenza pandemic usually begins in December or January. This may be due to the measures to combat the spread of the Corona virus that were in place until the beginning of 2022. These measures also work against the spread of the influenza virus. The influenza epidemic lasted about 13 weeks. This is longer than the 9 weeks that an average influenza epidemic lasts in the Netherlands. Although it is difficult to compare the current flu season with previous flu seasons due to the Corona pandemic.

The flu vaccine worked better than expected

The flu vaccine given last season turned out to be better than expected. Preliminary data showed that the vaccine provides 36 percent protection against infection with the type A influenza virus. In the Netherlands, type A (AH3N2) was more common in the last influenza season. The effectiveness of the strike against this particular type was 35 percent. These percentages relate to the prevention of influenza infection in patients who visit their GP for this.

flu prevention

Although the flu epidemic is now over, there are still people who get the flu. Influenza viruses are highly contagious and spread mainly through coughing and sneezing. By washing your hands regularly, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and by keeping a distance, you reduce the chance of transmitting the virus to others. Keep this in mind, especially when contacting vulnerable groups of people, experts advise. Weak people can become seriously ill from the influenza virus.

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By: National Care Guide