"Important" uptick of the flu in the Canarian babies - La Provincia

The flu continues its evolution towards the maximum peak and this time, the most affected have been the age group of 0 to 4 years. Almost 1,000 per 100,000 babies in the Canary Islands have contracted the flu virus, a "important rebound" which places this group well above the incidence of the rest.

The analysis of the Flu Surveillance System in the Canary Islands regarding the third week of the year (from January 13 to 19), confirms that the virus will continue to spread more populations in the coming weeks. In principle, this week has already reached a global incidence in Canaria of 137.09 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, corresponding to the epidemic situation. However, the incidence in the Canary Islands is lower than that recorded in the rest of Spain, where 203.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have already been reached.

So far, in the hospitals of the Islands 310 cases have been reported, 213 minor and 97 serious. With regard to the serious, nine out of ten had not been vaccinated this season and 73% had at least one risk factor that could lead to worsening of symptoms. In addition, 37 cases were admitted by the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Four other people have died this week, totaling eight deaths since the flu campaign began. All deaths have occurred due to infection of the pandemic virus A (H1N1). These are five men and three women, four belonging to the age group of 15 to 64 years and another four over 65. All had some previous risk factor. Only 3 of them had a vaccination record and two had not been vaccinated. The lethality of serious cases has increased to 10.2%. It should be remembered that, at the end of the previous season (2018-2019), 68 people died, there were 518 serious cases and more than 1,500 canaries were hospitalized for the flu.

Vaccination continues to grow

During the twelve week vaccination campaign and third week of 2020, influenza vaccination has continued to increase, having been administered in that week 3,589 doses, 35.95% more than the same week last season and 129.6% compared to last week.

The Directorate of Public Health affirms that this increase in the demand for vaccination against influenza is related to the news about the increase in hospitalized, serious and death cases due to influenza and of having entered the epidemic phase together with the call that there is still It is time to get vaccinated.

The overall balance of the campaign, compared to the previous 2018-19, remains positive with an increase in administered and recorded doses of 8.50%, which means 14,703 more doses.


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