The influenza epidemic is gaining ground. While the threat of the triple epidemic of bronchiolitis, Covid-19 and influenza remains a cause for concern, the latter has now spread to the entire French mainland, health authorities announced on Wednesday 14 December.
In the overseas territories, only Guyana and Guadeloupe remain in the pre-epidemic phase, according to the weekly report from Public Health France. The last few days have been marked by a continued increase in flu indicators for all age groups and a “sharp increase in admissions” (+117%).
The epidemic peak of bronchiolitis probably reached
The outbreak of the influenza epidemic, quite early this year, is testing a health system tested by the recurring waves of Covid-19, which is currently in full recovery, and by an epidemic of bronchiolitis in babies, which we had not seen for ten more years.
The latter continues “On a high level” in metropolitan France as well as in Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique and Mayotte. Nevertheless, for the past week, health authorities noted a decrease in emergency room visits and hospitalizations, “signs the very likely passage of the peak of the epidemic”.
Faced with the triple epidemic raging in France, the government has called on the French to a “frighten” vaccination before holiday. “Vaccination and respect for barrier movements remain the best way to protect yourself against respiratory viruses”remember the health authorities.