Season change: many cases of influenza have been recorded

Season change: many cases of influenza have been recorded

With fluctuations in temperature, many cases of acute respiratory infections, including influenza, are recorded every week. 3,610 cases were recorded in public service hospitals.

From March 18 to 24, 3,610 influenza cases were recorded in public service hospitals. With the change of seasons and temperature fluctuations, the climate becomes suitable for the spread of viruses, as Dr. Fadel Khodabokos, a public health physician, explains. The number of cases reached 3,369 during the period from March 11 to 17, and 3,025 during the week from March 4 to 10.

He urges residents not to take flu, which can cause complications such as pneumonia, especially among those most at risk. “It is important to consult a doctor to get proper care,” he insists.

In anticipation of winter, he announced that a new vaccination campaign against influenza should begin towards the end of March or the beginning of April. This exercise is open to all, but specifically targets children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with comorbidities. Dr. Fadel Khodabokos also recommends taking steps to strengthen the immune system now, before winter arrives. “It's important to eat enough fruits and vegetables, but also to get regular physical activity and sleep six to seven hours a night,” he advises.

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