“At this time of year we usually report 20-30 cases of respiratory infections per week. Now I report 2-3 per week. The difference is very large,” says family doctor Gindrovel Dumitra.
Online schooling is one of the reasons why the number of respiratory infections and clinical flu cases has dropped dramatically.
“From the moment the traditional education stopped, the interaction between the students stopped, which led to the spread of some infections, which is not happening now. Likewise, the flu has the same path. Children are the most important vehicle. “Then there are the other means of protection. The mask has also put down the flu epidemic,” added the family doctor, coordinator of the Vaccinology Group of the National Society of Family Medicine (SNMF).
Two million doses of flu vaccine given
He drew a parallel with what happened last year, in February, when the first cases of coronavirus were detected.
“Then we were in the midst of the flu epidemic. By the time schools closed, the flu had simply collapsed. That is, the specific measures of COVID-19 work very well, including the flu, including other respiratory infections.” , also pointed out the family doctor.
Influenza vaccination also had an effect, continues Gindrovel Dumitra. “So far we have received two million doses of what we bought, we are still vaccinating. It is the first time in a long time that we have vaccinated two million people. We received one and a half million doses in December, we are still in full effort of influenza vaccination “, added the specialist.
Patients: It is important to continue the flu shot
In turn, Radu Ganescu, president of the Coalition of Organizations of Patients with Chronic Diseases (COPAC), says that people at risk must be vaccinated against influenza while there are still one million doses available in family medicine practices.
“It would be good for the remaining doses of flu vaccine to be used. We have seen the number of people interested in getting vaccinated against the flu increase, it is a record that 2 million have been vaccinated. We can see a clear benefit. Even if we are in January, the flu lasts until the end of March “, the patient’s representative pointed out.
He says the number of flu cases is lower in Europe.
“The fact that in 2020 the vast majority of the population was much more cautious – they worked from home, there was social distancing, hand washing became the rule and there was less contact with strangers, it mattered a lot. All this did not contribute. only to a limitation of the coronavirus spread, but it also limited the spread of the influenza virus, which has the same way of spreading “, concluded Radu Ganescu.
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