Why the flu epidemic has been particularly virulent in recent weeks

Why the flu epidemic has been particularly virulent in recent weeks

The number of visits to the emergency room for flu-like illness jumped 84% in one week according to Public Health France. A flu epidemic that falls badly with the start of a strike by general practitioners on Monday.

After several years of decline, due in particular to the emergence of Covid-19, the flu epidemic is particularly virulent this year. A resurgence of the epidemic when hospital services are already saturated and a strike by general practitioners began on Monday.

The number of visits to the emergency room for flu syndrome jumped by 84% in one week according to Public Health France and by 118% for hospitalizations.

First victim of this 2022 flu, Nadia. From the moment she grabbed her, she couldn’t get out of bed. “I was tired, I had a headache and I had a cold,” she says.

She takes the test, it’s not the Covid, but her doctor is clear, she caught the flu, and for Nadia, it lasted longer than usual.

“It never exceeds three or four days maximum, but here it’s been two weeks,” she confides.

Same symptoms in children. Gabriela’s three-year-old son took a month to recover. “It’s the first time that one of my children has been sick for so long and has had so much fever. He went up to 40 with a fever. It was really very, very creepy,” she says.

Less prevention

This flu attacks bodies that are no longer used to such virulence. And the contamination is progressing when we no longer protect ourselves as much as before according to general practitioner Guillaume Dewevre.

“A large part of the population is no longer exposed or, in any case, no longer prevents contagiousness via barrier gestures. We see far fewer masks currently being worn. There is a form of relaxation that can be understood after two years of Covid”, he explains.

In addition to barrier gestures, the doctor encourages his patients to be vaccinated. A vaccination which does not prevent contamination, but which lessens the symptoms.

Ameline Lavechin and Pierre Bourgès with Guillaume Descours

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