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The level of alert is maximum in France concerning the flu epidemic, according to the latest data published by Santé Publique France on December 21.
HEALTH – Christmas on the balcony… or at the bottom of his bed? In his latest weekly newsletter on theflu epidemic in France, published this Wednesday, December 21, Public Health France is alarmed by the “continued increase in influenza indicators in all age groups”and especially the “very sharp increase in hospitalizations in all age groups” in France in recent days.
Faced with this risky situation, the French health authorities now speak of a “urgency to be vaccinated for people at risk, and to respect barrier gestures by all, in particular during the end of year celebrations”in order to “to limit the impact of this very active epidemic”.
The data published by the French health authorities indeed show a very strong increase in consultations for flu-like illnesses throughout France, according to provisional data over the last two weeks:
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And a comparable evolution for hospitalizations:
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Ongoing triple epidemic
The influenza epidemic, which is currently affecting all regions of mainland France and most of the Overseas Territories after having reached Guadeloupe and Guyana, is distinguished by its early nature.
Ce « early start exposes you to a large-scale epidemic, with a peak expected at the end of December”, explained Monday, December 19 the Covars, heir to the Scientific Council (which managed the Covid epidemic), in an opinion on the triple epidemic in progress in France: influenza / bronchiolitis / Covid. This is precisely what the latest data from Public Health France draws.
A touch of hope appears however concerning bronchiolitis, this respiratory disease affecting young children, and whose peak seems to have passed. New cases of bronchiolitis have slowed in recent weeks, notes Public Health France in his latest newsletter on the spread of the disease.
But the epidemic continues all the same at a high level”, and nearly 2,000 babies were still hospitalized last week in mainland France. Despite a 25% decline in one week, this situation remains burdensome for hospitals, some of which are unable to accommodate sick children and must refer them to other establishments.
This Wednesday, December 21, Rémi Salomon, head of the nephrology-pediatrics department at the Necker hospital in Paris, therefore continued on BFM TV to challenge the French and the authorities in the face of a critical situation in health establishments. “The flu is getting very strong. (…) The emergencies are saturated everywhere, it overflows everywhere”, he worried, renewing calls to get vaccinated against the flu and Covid-19.
The day before, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne also spoke of a « situation difficile »after having participated in a steering meeting of the Île-de-France Regional Health Agency. “With the holidays, this situation is even more tense” faced with the three epidemics of bronchiolitis, Covid and influenza “overlapping”she summarized.
“All of this puts very strong pressure on our health system, on our health establishments, on all health professionals who, once again, find themselves on the front line facing a much larger than usual influx of people in the emergency room and on calls to the Samu”which are up 20-30%, she pointed out.
In “ responsibility “« to help these caregivers, we all have a role to play” with barrier gestures, she continued, inviting people to wear the mask “ as soon as we are in an enclosed space where there are many of us”and to get vaccinated against the flu and Covid, while“we must meet as a family” for the parties.
Regarding these vaccinations, the Amélie.fr website recalls that it is possible for people at risk to receive a vaccination against Covid-19 and against the flu during the same appointment. If the flu vaccination campaign has been open to all French people since November 15, with vaccines available in pharmacies, its success had been much more moderate than in previous years during the first few weeks.
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