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Almost 4,400 people visited a doctor due to viral upper respiratory tract infections

In the first week of this flu season (between 28 September and 4 October), 4,360 viral upper respiratory tract infection cases were registered in Estonia. However, none of the diagnostic laboratory tests which were carried out to check for influenza were found to be positive.

The cases were connected to other viruses which cause viral respiratory infections, with the rhinovirus currently prevalent. Rhinoviruses are characterised by sneezing, a head cold, and sometimes throat pain. Children may also experience a cough and fever.

The number of cases is not particularly high, but the figure is still 20% up on the same period in previous years. The increase in the number of cases may arise from the fact that people are seeking medical assistance more readily this year due to the spread of SARS-CoV-2. There are no significant differences between the spread of the cases in different counties.

According to Olga Sadikova, senior specialist at the Health Board’s influence centre, now is a good time to be vaccinated against influenza, as influenza viruses are not yet circulating in Estonia and therefore your body will have more time to adjust its defences against the virus. ‘Elderly people and anyone suffering from chronic diseases should especially consider getting vaccinated,’ said Sadikova.

Even though influenza, which is known to be a serious infectious disease, may sometimes only manifest itself in the form of a low-grade fever and can pass without any significant symptoms, an individual who chooses to overcome influenza ‘on their feet’ may spread the virus to members of risk groups who may end up in a life-threatening situation as a result of falling ill. Such individuals may also damage their own health, as overcoming the virus on your feet is accompanied by a higher risk of serious complications. If you exhibit even mild symptoms, please avoid crowded places and stay at least 1.5 metres away from healthy people. Cover your mouth with a tissue or with your sleeve when you sneeze or cough. If you have fallen ill, stay at home.

According to the European Influenza Surveillance Network, the intensity of the spread of influenza in the European Union is low.

Last season (in 2019/2020), a total of 4,388 influenza cases were diagnosed by laboratory testing or based on epidemiological connections. No more than 582 patients required hospitalisation due to influenza. Based on data from six hospitals, twenty-one individuals required intensive care due to the virus in the 2019/2020 season, of whom twelve people died. The ages of those individuals who died as a result of influenza ranged from nine months to eighty-five years. All of the individuals who died were members of risk groups.

The Health Board will post updated information on its website every week about acute respiratory diseases and influenza. 

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