The seasonal flu epidemic has now been declared in France, hitting Brittany and Normandy, health authorities announced on Wednesday. Other regions are also in the “pre-epidemic” phase. This is the case of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Centre-Val de Loire, Grand Est, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
An early epidemic
The arrival of the influenza epidemic is proving to be rather early this year, in particular compared to the previous season when it had reached a very late peak, at the beginning of spring. The arrival of the epidemic is reflected in a sharp increase in consultations with the doctor, which have jumped by half since last week throughout the metropolis.
Likewise, the situation begins to show itself in the hospital. Visits to the emergency room for flu-like illness have also increased by half. For the time being, the level of serious cases and deaths nevertheless remains limited, with around twenty patients in intensive care and three deaths, specify the health authorities.
An already suffocated health system
This progression of the flu epidemic, normal in this season, risks hitting an already struggling health system. The hospital is indeed tested by an epidemic of bronchiolitis of an unprecedented scale, and a resumption of admissions for Covid-19.
Relaying a call for vaccination, Elisabeth Borne on Tuesday launched “a solemn appeal”
: “let’s respect the barrier gestures, wear the mask as soon as we are with fragile people or in crowded areas”she pleaded.