About 9,200 confirmed influenza infections have been reported in the laboratory in the past week – the flu vaccine is not too late.
The number of influenza cases in Germany has increased significantly. Last week, according to an influenza working group, about 9,200 laboratory confirmed influenza infections were reported in their last weekly report on Thursday. That was about twice as much as last week.
Since October, there have been a total of 20,100 cases of influenza and 49 deaths. The number of unreported cases is probably higher because the doctor does not explain each flu. How strong the current outbreak of flu will be difficult to predict.
Not too late for influenza vaccination
The season of the flu was the last winter extremely powerful. Altogether, in the 2017/18 season, approximately 334,000 laboratory-confirmed flu cases were registered in Germany,
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With regard to the flu vaccine, according to Barmer Health Insurance, it is not too late, And after the injection it takes about two weeks until the vaccine protection is established. Then, the risk of flu is significantly lower, although not completely excluded.
In winter, the influenza vaccine is taken with a four-fold vaccine, The Robert Koch Institute advises especially those over 60 years of age, pregnant women, chronically ill and medical staff for vaccination against influenza.
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