Between on 7 and 13 March 2016, 719 people out of 100,000 have visited their GP for flu symptoms. The first week of March, the ratio of 747 per 100,000 was recorded, bringing the total to seven consecutive weeks above the epidemic threshold of 144 consultations per 100,000.

“Since the beginning of the monitoring period, the various strains of Influenza A and B viruses are circulating simultaneously, with a predominance of strains A (H1N1) and B, especially the line Victoria. So far, the circulating strains are close to the vaccine strains, but strain B Victoria lineage is only included in the quadrivalent vaccine, “which protects the patient against all variants, says the ISP.

The trivalent vaccine, recommended by the Supreme Health Council, works in half the cases. Three quarters of GPs have prescribed the quadrivalent vaccine in Belgium. PSI said that antibiotics are ineffective for influenza, a viral infection. To prevent transmission of the disease, the institute advises example washing hands frequently and correctly or to consult a general practitioner at the onset of symptoms.