The seasonal flu is going to enter in the alive one, and also if the peak of the cases is expected in December, are already 125mila the italians affected by the virus
In view of the foreseeable increase in cases in the coming weeks, the infectious disease put thus on our guard with respect to the ‘how’ medical care: the use of antibiotics, they warn, is only recommended in case of complications, while the vaccine remains the main instrument of prevention. “In Italy – says Massimo Andreoni, Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and Scientific Director of Simit, Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases – the activity of the influenza a viruses is to base levels, and then we are at the beginning of the flu outbreak. In particular, in the last week of October, the total incidence was 1.17 cases per 1000 persons. The number of estimated cases in this last week was equal to about 71 thousand, for a total, from the beginning of the surveillance, of about 125mila cases. At this time it is difficult to establish how many cases the certificates of the flu this year, but probably will not remain broadly similar to those of the previous year that were more than three million”.
The arrival of the influence coincides, however, always with an increase in disproportionate use of antibiotics: “it should Be remembered detects Andreoni – that the flu is a viral disease and therefore antibiotics, which are active against bacteria, they do not have any indication. And then only in complicated cases, and behind the medical indication can be used. In all other cases the drugs used are anti-inflammatory of the respiratory tract, and antipyretic activities”.
Vaccination, warns the expert, “remains the main tool for the prevention of influenza: the vaccine is recommended for all persons over 6 months of age. The protection is achieved two weeks after inoculation and persist for 6-8 months, then it is necessary to undergo vaccination at the beginning of each new flu season”.
These days becomes therefore “fundamental”, concludes – that the people most at risk, especially the elderly, to perform the vaccination to be protected in the next few weeks, when there will be maximum circulation of influenza viruses”.