The flu epidemic arrives early in mainland France

The flu epidemic arrives in mainland France. It is already hitting Brittany and Normandy, the health authorities announced on Wednesday, November 30.

“Brittany and Normandy have gone into an epidemic”, announced the French public health agency. Overseas, the flu epidemic was already hitting Martinique, Mayotte and Reunion. Other regions are also in phase “pre-epidemic”. 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 arrival

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.

Above all, it occurs when two respiratory epidemics are already affecting the country: the Covid, which has rebounded in recent days, and bronchiolitis, at the origin of an outbreak in babies, unprecedented for ten years.

Increase in doctor visits

For the flu, 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.

However, this rapid arrival of the flu makes it all the more urgent to vaccinate people at risk, especially all over 65, while the campaign is struggling to take off. There is a “Importance for people at risk to get vaccinated against the flu without delay”insisted Public Health France.


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