An early and particularly severe seasonal flu in Europe

While the massive adoption of barrier gestures is seen as a brake on Covid-19 as well as all winter viruses, the arrival of seasonal flu should not however be taken lightly. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), cited by our colleagues from La Dépêche, at the end of October, this year we observe a particularly early circulation of influenza on European territory.

The number of cases is still low in Europe, but “indications show that influenza circulation is above the seasonal threshold in Croatia, which is unusually early,” says ECDC. But to this precocity is added another somewhat worrying element: a strain more resistant to the vaccine.

“The main strain reported in the last month, the A (H3N2) strain, which disproportionately affects the elderly, is associated with poorer vaccine efficacy,” says the Center. This is a sign that the next flu season could be severe. While there are fears of a further increase in Covid cases, this news could have serious consequences for the elderly and the most fragile people and weigh on health systems already in difficulty.

Influenza reduced by anticovid measures last year

This possible sharp return of the flu is part of a trend



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