Newsbrief : Tough flu season in the Canaries, as recorded flu deaths double

The winter flu season 2016-2017 has seen 140 hospitalised cases of confirmed influenza, of which 95,7% were virus A and the rest, virus B. Twenty-four deaths have also been reported, all due to virus A, with the exception of one case of virus B. Last flu season ended with 190 hospitalisations and 12 deaths from throughout the archipelago.

Unfortunately to these numbers, made up of confirmed flu cases in Canary Islands hospitals, must also be added those cases that have occurred, for example with elderly people, where the patient has died in their homes or before reaching hospitals for a laboratory confirmation; meaning the number of deaths is likely to be higher than the 24 already confirmed.

232,451 doses of flu vaccine were purchased, in preparation for the 2016-2017 season, an increase of 6.5% over the previous year. €865,814.68 was allocated for the acquisition of 221,951 doses of influenza vaccine along with 10,500 doses of adjuvanted influenza vaccine (boosted for use with institutionalized elderly people), supplemented with 20,000 doses of pneumococcal vaccine, for a sum of 200,000 euros.

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