The toll from the seasonal flu has risen to 53 in Greece following the deaths of 15 people in the past week, the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) said in its weekly bulletin Thursday.
Of the 53 casualties, 50 (94.3 percent) belonged to high-risk groups and just 18 of them (36 percent) had been vaccinated against the illness. The victims were 28 men and 25 women, aged from 4 to 91 years old. The majority, 49, were infected with Type A flu.
Of the 187 serious infections confirmed since the start of the flu season in October, meanwhile, 37.4 percent of patients had been vaccinated.
EODY recommends vaccination and compliance with personal hygiene measures as the best ways to protect one’s self from influenza.
The flu period in Greece typically ends mid-March.
Sourced by: Ekatherimi