SO FAR this year, the cases of influenza have dropped in a period when it was expected that the highest peak of those affected would be at the end of January and this first week of February.
Specialists from the General Hospital of Elche point out that the unusually high temperatures during this winter could have delayed the onset of the epidemic although “it could also be a less viral strain than that of last year.”
High vaccination rates among the population at risk have also contributed to improved data. The Vinalopó Hospital, for example, is once again the centre with the highest vaccine coverage, providing 17,334 doses and having 64.90 per cent of those over 65 vaccinated.
Be that as it may, the data speaks for itself. The General Hospital follows the trend of the whole Community, where the incidence is also being lower than last year. “If we compare the same week of 2019 and 2020 in the department Elche-General Hospital, in week 5 the incidence is 147.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to the rate of 397.4 the previous year,” they said, despite being one of the hospitals with the highest number of cases in the area.