Influenza activity has stabilized in mid-March in Belgium. Stabilization is observed both in adults than in children, reports the Public Health Institute (ISP) Wednesday. “But this decline in activity does not yet allow us to say with certainty whether the epidemic peak has already been reached this season.”
“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.