Unusual Summer Flu Cases: Surprising Increase in Severe Influenza Complications

2023-07-14 09:28:51

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, there were 25 new cases of severe influenza complicated by influenza last week; another 8 cases died. Pediatricians remind the public to pay attention to the precursors of severe influenza. (Schematic / Pexels)

according toDepartment of Disease Control, Ministry of Health and WelfareAccording to statistics, this year is different from previous years in that there are still cases of influenza in summer, and 25 new cases of influenza complicated by severe illness were added last week; another 8 cases died. Pediatrician Xu Jiaxian called it “really weird” and reminded the public to pay attention to the precursors of severe flu, including rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and unconsciousness. If there are any abnormalities, they should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

It’s summer, how can there be flu?Xu Jiaxian is inFacebook fansThe article stated that this situation is “really weird”, because in the past, there were almost no flu cases in the summer, “the result is very abnormal this year. Many viruses that should not appear at this time have appeared recently.”

What is the reason? Xu Jiaxian speculated, “Because everyone was vaccinated against the new crown last year, and they were very world-weary, so the proportion of flu vaccines decreased? Or is it because everyone’s immune response to influenza has been like a blank sheet of paper in recent years, and the immune debt?” But he Point out that many possible factors remain to be observed.

Xu Jiaxian said that typical flu symptoms include high fever, muscle aches, cough, and a few combined gastrointestinal symptoms; severe precursors of flu include rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and unconsciousness. He also reminded that it is now mid-July, remember to pay attention to the introduction of public and self-funded flu vaccines from the end of September to October, “and this year the Taiwan market will introduce a strengthened flu vaccine specially for elders over 65 years old. Vaccine (also known as: adjuvanted influenza vaccine), because the immune response of the elderly will weaken faster, and the protection is often not as good as ideal, so there is a new booster vaccine to protect the elderly.”

In addition, Xu Jiaxian revealed that many patients nowadays have a Buddhist attitude towards the suspected diagnosis of new coronary pneumonia, which is understandable, but the difference with influenza is that there are antiviral drugs available, so he reminded, “If there is Discuss flu-like symptoms with your physician.”

(Photo / Reposted from Facebook / Dr. Xu Jiaxian, the father of dark circles)
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