Identified in two kids of Northern Italy i first two cases of seasonal flu. In short, a real return to normality, with the ailments that always strike in these months and that bring the classic symptoms: colds, fever, bone-muscle pains and cough. According to the provisions of the ‘InfluNet & CovidNet operating protocol’, virological surveillance will start from the 46th week of 2021, i.e. from Monday 18 October.
This was announced by the National Institute of Health. A first case of influenza A / H3 was located in Varese and confirmed at the University of Milan in a child with flu symptoms. The second case of influenza virus A / H3 identified at the Amedeo di Savoia Hospital in Torino in a child with a pneumonia picture.
Virological confirmations are also underway by the national reference laboratory of the ISS sul second case identified in Turin. The flu vaccination, remembers the ISS, “it is the most effective and safest way to prevent the disease and reduce its complications” and the best time to do it is in the autumn, starting from October.
For this year they are expected between 4 and 6 million infections. “We are facing the first sporadic cases classically pre-seasonal, in the classic times for a season that, at least from the point of view of viruses, could be let’s say ‘lively but not too much'”, explains the virologist. Fabrizio Pregliasco al Corriere della Sera, ”Involving 4 to 6 million people. We will see also considering the challenge of the Delta variant, which increasingly resembles the flu. There is the risk of a season that will mix normal flu and Covid, thus a double epidemic “.