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Influenza and vaccines: Here's the official truth

on new campaign against influenza has just left. And it already has controversy related to utilities or not on vaccine.

"Beware of seasonal diseases and fight with us against fake news. The vaccines are followed by indications for AIFA, the Ministry of Health and the National Institutes of Health ». This is what he writes on Facebook AIFA – Italian Medicines Agency which adds: «The anti-information campaign is ongoing, as it is every year. The main recommendations to protect yourself and others from the flu and its consequences are, in addition to vaccination, frequent and thorough hand washing, use of a sneeze or cough wipe to limit the spread of the virus, often ventilate the premises indoors. Also, do not use antibiotics in the event of the flu».

«Vaccination – AIFA continues – it is also recommended free of charge to the most vulnerable sections of the population (the list is available on the Ministry of Health website:, but all citizens can decide to do so by purchasing the influenza vaccine in pharmacy. The composition of all influenza vaccines for the 2019-2020 season follows the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee on Medicines for Human Use (CHMP). The list of vaccines approved for the 2019-2020 season is available on the AIFA website at: Beware of fake news !!! Especially on social media there is fake or partial news that endangers the health of citizens. In case of doubt, contact your doctor and public health institutions without hesitation: Ministry of Health, AIFA and National Institutes of Health».

Meanwhile, the activity of influenza viruses in Italy still remains at baseline. According to the latest newsletter of the Higher Health Institute, in fact, from November 4 to 13, 2019, only 119,000 cases were registered on the peninsula, for a total of about 341,000 cases – from the beginning of surveillance.

The incidence of influenza viruses is equal to 1.97 cases per thousand aids, and for the moment in all Italian regions we are below the threshold. According to data sent by 794 sentinel doctors, young children are most affected again: in the 0-4 age group the incidence equals 3.91 cases per thousand assisted, while in 5-14 years it declined to 1.49 per thousand.

The figure returns slightly in the age group of 15-64 years (2 cases per thousand), while over 65 years it reaches 1.22 cases per thousand.

on However, the mild outbreak of the flu does not mean that there is no need to be vaccinated. on maximum peak is expected on national holidays and at the end of january.

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