Each flu season has a different viral strain and this is the reason why it is very difficult to formulate a universal vaccine against the Influenza, since the #Virus to adapt to the environment changes continuously.
Regarding the latest available data regarding the influence of this year, according to data of the Italian Federation of General Practitioners, in the last three days the general practitioners have visited about 7 million Italians. Most of these patients went to the doctor or to the emergency room complaining about symptoms that refer to the influenza virus.
Specifically, from January 2 to 4 in the offices of about 45 thousand family doctors went 51 people a day compared to an average of 30-35.
Influenza: infection boom this year
“” At December 31 – explains Professor Francesco Menichetti, director of the operational unit of Infectious Diseases of the AUP – the Italians affected by the flu were 2 million, but the peak will be in the next 10-15 days. on average with those of the last few years and the situation is under control however it is important to keep the attention, especially in all those cases involving chronically ill people who have for example heart or kidney disease “
Patients carrying chronic diseases
In particular, Silvestro Scotti, Fimmg’s secretary, underlines that the medical studies are crowded by the elderly and by patients carrying chronic diseases. On the other hand, as far as vaccinations are concerned, Scotti points out that this year there is a slight increase in the vaccinated population over the age of 65, but this percentage is still considered to be low.
However, Scotti also emphasizes that the influence is not affecting the regions in the same way. In particular, the best results are being achieved in the regional realities in which the family doctors, thanks to the investments made on personnel, play an active role in the prevention of influenza, in particular with regard to vaccination [VIDEO].
Finally, the Fimmg secretary concludes that the flu emergency is not addressed simply by increasing the daily or weekly presence of family doctors, but by making their work more efficient during ordinary activities, in order to reduce access to the emergency room.
Influenza: symptoms and prevention.
The symptoms of influenza
The symptoms of influenza are always the same and generally occur after 4 days of infection. These are: high fever with sudden onset, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of appetite, weakness, muscle and joint pain.
The best way to prevent it is to undergo the vaccine, but you can also prevent infection by observing simple hygiene rules: cover your nose and mouth before sneezing or coughing, wash your hands thoroughly before touching food, do not attend places crowded and avoid the thermal changes that promote the spread of the virus.