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January 27, 2023

Six countries sign flu awareness partnership

Romania, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Serbia launched a campaign for the flu season. Pregnant women were the main target group for vaccination, as they present a risk seven times higher than the rest of the groups.
According to Victor Olsavszky, the head of the World Health Organization office in Romania, all of these countries share the common issue of a small vaccination sector, yet, they have a monitoring system that provides a permanent perspective on the general situation. The OMS representative mentioned that the main risk groups are children aged six to 59 months, pregnant women, chronically ill patients and elderly persons, yet, every member state may define their own vulnerable groups depending on the system and on the money they may afford. In Europe, the recommendation for the elderly is of 75 per cent. The only country that has reached this target in Europe is Hollandî, Olsavszky mentioned.
Amalia Serban, deputy manager in the Ministry of Health, mentioned that the circulation of flu viruses starts in November and December. ìThe two weeks needed to grant protection are completed in December, when the persons get vaccinated. Considering that we have signed this framework agreement and that we have a predictability, the campaign may start next year in Octoberî, Serban mentioned.
1,294 cases of flu in the flu season 2013 – 2014
In the flu season 2013 – 2014, 1,294 cases of flu were registered, which is a decrease of 57.5 per cent compared to the 2012 – 2013 season. The majority of cases affected the 15 – 49 age group. ìDuring the preceding season, (2013 – 2014, editor’s note), the majority of flu cases were registered at the 15 – 49 age group, totalizing 47.4 per cent, followed by the age group under one year – 17.3 per cent and the group aged 5 to 14 – 10.8 per centî, Dr. Adriana Pistol, the manager of the Transmittable Diseases Control and Supervision Centre of the National Institute of Public Health declared. Adriana Pistol mentioned that, during the preceding flu season, there were 230 cases of severe acute respiratory infections registered, 46 per cent less compared to the 2012 – 2013 season, when 428 cases were registered.
Most cases of severe acute respiratory infections were registered for the age group under 1, yet, in the 2013 – 2014 season, the highest values also affected the groups aged 50 to 64 and respectively over 65.
Adriana Pistol went on by mentioning that the risk of flu-associated issues is seven times higher for pregnant women.
Doctors are confronted with parents’ refusal to vaccinate their children
An increasing number of parents refuse to vaccinate their children against influenza, and it is an issue that is not only encountered in Romania, but an ìinternational trendî. ìThe main cause is the parents’ increasingly vehement refusal, and this issue is encountered outside Romania, too, it is an international trend that especially occurs in the case of intellectual parentsî, Dr. Sandra Alexiu, the Vice-President of the National Society of Family Medicine declared. She also pointed out that there are even medical doctors who refuse vaccinating themselves and vaccinating others as well and mentioned that, in order to protect very young children that cannot take the flu vaccine, all members of the family must be vaccinated.
WHO Target: Vaccinating over 75 per cent of elderly population
The flu guard system destined to monitor the disease will be applied in Bucharest and fifteen other counties, and the flu season will be declared open when 10 per cent of the investigated patients are diagnosed with influenza. ìThe purpose is to evaluate the potential and to monitor, each year, the frequency of flu cases, as well as that of acute respiratory infectionsî, Dr. Adriana Pistol declared. She mentioned that the monitoring of flu cases, as well as of those of severe acute respiratory cases will be made by two ìguardî systems in Bucharest and fifteen countries. Adriana Pistol also mentioned that 193 volunteering family doctors will see, each Mondays, patients complaining of symptoms associated with the flu. Based on information forwarded by these doctors, the flu season will be declared open when 10 per cent of investigated cases will be diagnosed with this disease.
WHO intends to make sure that over 75 per cent of persons aged over 65 are vaccinated in Europe, during the year 2015.

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