At the same time Arjah said that the spread of other respiratory viruses increased. Rhinoviruses, adenoviruses, parainfluenza viruses and other viruses that cause acute respiratory infections are common. Children and young people of pre-school age are those who have been most infected with viruses, Arja added.
According to her, in recent weeks, the number of countries reporting flu cases has grown in the European region. 15 countries, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Great Britain, Estonia, Lithuania and others, are notified of the severe spread of flu. Some countries, such as the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic, have identified some patients in laboratory-confirmed flu hospitals, including those in intensive care units.
SPKC experts recall that it is advisable to choose a specific flu prevention – vaccination when it comes to flu season. "This time, before the proliferation of flu has begun, is suitable for vaccination," said Arja.
He explained that vaccination reduces the risk of hospitals and the severe complications of flu, which are most at risk of risk groups – young children, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases and those over 65.
At the same time, when coming to the flu season, experts invite people often to wash their hands, to keep the breathing clean and to restrict the contact with sick people.