- The epidemic wave continues to rise, going from an incidence rate of 120.9 to 208.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
- The intensity of influenza is high in Asturias and average in Cantabria, Catalonia and Madrid, low in the rest.
- The flu vaccine is only effective in 25% of the cases of the main virus this winter.
The epidemic wave of influenza continues to rise and almost doubled the cases in the last week of 2017, going from an incidence rate of 120.9 to 208.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
According to the latest report of the Influenza Surveillance System in Spain, which analyzes the data of the last week of 2017, the intensity of influenza is very high in Asturias, average in Cantabria, Catalonia and Madrid and low in the rest of the territory guarded.
The level of spread of the flu is epidemic in most of the territory, except in the Balearic Islands, which is local, sporadic in the Canary Islands and null in Ceuta.
He adds that a majority circulation of B virus is observed.
With respect to the previous week, an increase in influenza was observed mainly in Asturias, and north of the peninsula, as well as in the south of Castile and León and northwest of Andalusia, and the incidence of the disease has experienced a “significant increase” in all cases. age groups.
Since the beginning of the season, 48 deaths from influenza have been reported in ten communities. The majority of the deceased (75%) were over 65 years old, 23% between 45 and 64 years old and one between 15 and 44 years old. All of them had risk factors and 67% had not been vaccinated.