Especially early and severe seasonal influenza 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 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 observed an early outbreak of influenza on European soil.

The number of cases remains low in Europe, but “indications show that influenza circulation is above the seasonal threshold in Croatia, which is unusually early,” says the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention. But to that speed is added another somewhat troubling element: a more vaccine-resistant strain.

“The main strain reported last month, strain A (H3N2), which disproportionately affects the elderly, is associated with poor vaccine efficacy,” the center says. This is a sign that the upcoming flu season could be severe. While there are fears of another increase in Covid cases, this news could have dire consequences for the elderly and the most vulnerable and affect health systems that are already struggling.

Influenza lowered through antiviral measures last year

This potentially severe return of influenza is part of a trend


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