MÉRIDA, Yuc.- Cases of influenza in the Yucatan add up to three per week this season, 2018-2019, making Yucatán eighth among the countries that report more influenza cases in the current period.
The prevalence of the disease is currently 8.4 percent of the probable cases, and by the 15th of the month there were 18 cases, out of 215 cases that were considered likely.
It should be noted that the number for this season exceeds the number from the previous (2017-2018), when 73 probable cases were counted in the same court, and only four were positive in terms of flu, no deaths.
Therefore, the Health Sector institutions have about 500,000 doses against this disease in this period to apply them to the Yucatan, because this season, which began six weeks ago, prevails over the AH1N1 influenza virus and so far no deaths related to this disease have occurred.
The list of countries with more cases is carried out by Veracruz, out of 73, followed by Guerrero, out of 63; Chiapas, from 46; Sinaloa, from 39; Oaxaca, from 35; Tabasco, from 30; Mexico City and Puebla, each of 19; Yucatan, 18 years, State of Mexico, from 17.
According to the weekly epidemiological surveillance report for week 46, with a cut-off until November 15, 491 positive cases of influenza were confirmed throughout the country, of which 378 correspond to AH1N1, 76 influenza B, 28 influenza A and nine, variant AH3N2. The total number of probable incidents in Mexico is 6,000 420.
To date, 28 deaths associated with influenza have been confirmed, corresponding to the states of Veracruz (5), Tabasco (4), Sonora (4), Chiapas (3) and Sinaloa (2). The states of Aguascalientes, Tlaxcala, Tamaulipas, Puebla, Querétaro, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Jalisco, the State of Mexico and Hidalgo confirmed after one death.
In the current season of seasonal flu, which began in the 40th week of the epidemic (first week of October), the groups that most affected this disease are children between the ages of 1 and 9 years, adults between 40 and 49 years and people over 60 years.
The influenza virus can spread rapidly when a person coughs or sneezes and spreads molecules containing an infection in the air. It can also spread through hands contaminated with the virus.
The vaccine reduces the deaths of people with diabetes by 30 percent
It should be noted that vaccination against influenza can reduce by up to 30 percent the probability that a person with diabetes will die from complications of this virus, experts say. The Sanofi Pasteur medical director in Latin America, Patricia Cervantes, warns that people with diabetes who get influenza get three times more often to hospital and six times more likely to die.
The specialist explained that this vaccine protects people suffering from diabetes and reduces the possibility of a sudden heart attack by 30%, in 22% of heart failure; in 19 percent, myocardial infarction, and in 15 percent an image of pneumonia. Finally, he pointed out that in eight out of ten cases of people with flu complications, they were not vaccinated or had one or more comorbidities, such as diabetes.