Health Board declares flu season over in Estonia

Flu vaccine. Photo is illustrative.
Flu vaccine. Photo is illustrative. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

Last week, the number of cases of upper respiratory infections and influenza both dropped to non-seasonal background levels, due to which the Health Board is declaring the 2019-2020 flu season over.

From May 11-17, the number of new cases of viral upper respiratory infections continued to fall: a total of 814 people sought medical care for viral infections, 22.6 percent of whom were children.

Compared to the previous week, the number of new cases of flu-like illnesses fell 29 percent. During the week, not a single case of the flu was diagnosed or laboratory confirmed.

During the 2019-2020 season, 4,388 people were diagnosed with the flu as confirmed either by lab or epidemiologically. A total of 582 flu patients required hospitalization.

According to data from six hospitals, a total of 21 people ended up in intensive care due to the flu during the 2019-2020 season, 12 of whom died, ranging in age from 9-85. All of the patients to die from the flu belonged to risk groups.

During the 2018-2019 season, more than 1,600 people were hospitalized with the flu, which claimed 36 lives between the ages of 13-97.


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Editor: Aili Vahtla

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