Poor viral prognosis: A flu wave killed 1,100 Berliners

Berlin –

It's summer, nobody thinks about the flu – but you should not be wrong to mentally treat a vaccine before the next season of the virus: the real flu or the flu is a killer. In 2018, around 1100 people died of their illness in Berlin.

11,500 influenza cases reported to LAGeSo

According to the 2018 Report on Reportable Infectious Diseases of the National Office of Health and Social Services (LAGeSo), nearly 11,500 cases were reported between late December 2017 and early April 2018. C & # 39; was the highest level since the introduction of the Infection Control Act (IfSG) in 2001 and three times more than during the 2016/17 influenza season. More than ten percent of patients had to be hospitalized.

In the end, there have been 32 statistical deaths out of 100,000 Berliners in the past year due to influenza, which statisticians call "excess mortality". The year before, it was 26, and even this outbreak was considered difficult.

A real flu can be deadly

The real flu, which has nothing to do with an influenza infection, especially in the elderly, with high fever, headache and body, total fatigue, chills and coughing.

The body becomes susceptible to pneumonia or purulent bronchitis because the influenza virus can reduce the number of defense organs and bacteria can enter the body via the lining of the respiratory tract weakened by the virus. Viruses often attack the heart and can weaken it permanently.

The problem in 2018 was that even vaccinated Berliners were not well protected. The prognosis of the World Health Organization (WHO) that viral strains would reach the northern hemisphere was inaccurate.

Influenza vaccines are recommended

In March 2019, WHO released its recommendations for the next influenza season. It then takes about six months to produce the vaccine, which is mainly produced from chicken eggs. At the same time, WHO is looking for vaccines that do not need to be recalculated every year.

Among other things, the Robert Koch Institute recommends the vaccination of people over 60, pregnant women in the second trimester of pregnancy, medical staff and people who meet many other people, for example bus drivers . Even the chronically ill should not be afraid of bites.