The next flu season should be of medium intensity, less strong than the one just ended
It is estimated, however, that not less than 5 million people will be forced to bed.
The forecast is for Fabrizio Pregliasco, virologist and researcher in the Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, Università degli Studi di Milano.
“This is the prediction that we can make on the basis of the flu season now coming to a close in Australia and New Zealand, where it was of medium intensity – continue – and spread especially the virus AH1N1, even if in the latter part of the season remains the uncertainty of the type B viruses, which could raise the number of cases”. Even if you plan a season the most quiet, warns Pregliasco, “however, we must not underestimate it. What has happened in the last year reminded us clearly.
We were expecting a flu season of medium intensity and instead was the worst of the last 15 years – says – Much will also depend on the weather: if this winter will be long and cold, surely you will have many more sick people. ” In addition to the real influenza virus, in the round there will also be other 262 virus that determine the forms flu-like, which may “result in as many cases as the flu”. In the meantime, has just been published in the Official Gazette of the Causes of the Italian drug Agency (Aifa) with the composition of influenza vaccines for the season 2018-2019.
The vaccination campaign should begin, and recommended the Agency, starting from mid-October until the end of December. The protection induced by the vaccine begins about two weeks after vaccination and lasts for 6-8 months. .(ANSA). . .