‘Half of the flu viruses circulating in our country are of H1N1 type’

In the statement that the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported influenza-related deaths between 290 thousand and 650 thousand every year in the world, the disease is especially important in pregnant women, children under 5 years of age, people aged 65 and over, heart, lung, kidney, liver, metabolic or It is stated that it is more severe in patients with hematological chronic diseases, “In Muğla, the follow-up of influenza and similar diseases is carried out daily. An extraordinary situation has not been detected until now. ”

Provincial Health Director Dr. The statement made by İskender Gençer said:

* Seasonal flu disease causes serious clinical diseases all over the world every year, causing hospitalization and even deaths, especially risk groups.

* Flu is a disease that affects a significant number of people in the society in the northern hemisphere starting from October to the beginning of March to early April.

Swine flu; Influenza A (H1N1) virus is a type of flu often seen in winter.

* Clinical symptoms are not different from seasonal influenza and do not progress more severely than seasonal influenza cases.

* It spreads faster than seasonal influenza. Mortality rate from H1N1 is lower than seasonal influenza-related flu death rates.

* Influenza viruses can easily be transmitted from sick to other people, and in winter months when people spend more time in closed areas, the disease reaches its peak period.

* In order to prevent illness, crowded and closed environments should be avoided as much as possible during the flu season, it should be tried not to contact with the sick people, to hug and shake hands, to wash hands frequently and to observe the personal hygiene rules.

* It is a disease with flu treatment, but the studies emphasize the importance of starting treatment as early as possible.

* It should be known that the treatment started within the first 48 hours after the onset of the disease is more effective.

* With influenza treatment, the severity of symptoms and signs decreases, and the duration of the disease can be shortened by 1-2 days.

* More importantly, pneumonia and other complications can be prevented, hospitalizations can be reduced and death can be prevented with influenza treatment.

* WHO emphasizes that it is more effective to start antiviral treatment in the early period without wasting time, especially in groups where the risk of developing complications is high. ”

* Influenza Science Board recently convened on January 8 and prepared its report.

* Accordingly, half of the influenza viruses circulating in our country this year are of influenza A (H1N1) type.

* The number of cases and the rate of increase have been similar in comparison with previous years, and there is no extraordinary situation in virus types and positivity rates.

* On the other hand, influenza A (H1N1) virus, which had a global epidemic in 2009, is no longer defined as “swine flu” and is among the “seasonal flu agents that can be seen normally in humans”.

* The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that between 290 thousand and 650 thousand influenza-related deaths occur annually in the world.

* The disease is especially severe in pregnant women, children under 5 years of age, people 65 years and older, people with chronic disease (heart, lung, kidney, liver, metabolic or hematological) and those with immune deficiency.

* In our province, flu and similar diseases are followed daily, especially sentinal surveillance.

* In the 2019 – 2020 influenza season, no case increase or extraordinary situation has been detected so far.

* It will be correct to apply infection prevention and control methods, rather than the situation that will cause panic, especially in public areas. IHA

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