Flu wave in Germany: Cases of flu and chicken pox are increasing in the Lindau district – the district office recommends vaccination

High fever, headache and limb pain, dry, irritating cough are also symptoms of flu. After two winters during which contacts were partially restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic and masks were mandatory in many areas, flu cases are on the rise again in Germany this year. According to a press release from the district office, influenza and chicken pox are also back in the Lindau district.

45 cases of influenza and 41 cases of chicken pox

The number of confirmed infections with influenza pathogens reached 3,240 cases in Germany by November 13, a new record for the current season.

Influenza, that is, the flu, has not only been a problem since autumn, this year an outbreak of influenza was identified in a community facility in the Lindau district with approximately 30 patients with a laboratory diagnosis. In 2022, a total of 45 cases of influenza were reported to the Ministry of Health. However, the health service is currently also registering frequent reports of chicken pox infection occurring in various age groups across the entire district. In total, 41 cases of chicken pox have been recorded so far in 2022.

The Ministry of Health recommends vaccination against chicken pox

The health department recommends vaccination against chicken pox (vaccination against chicken pox) according to STIKO vaccination recommendations. Since August 2004, vaccination has been recommended for all children and young people who have not yet come into contact with the causative agent of the disease. Vaccination is also useful for some adults. In the case of unexposed chickenpox infection or non-vaccination, for example, a 16-day ban on entry for siblings or other contact persons to community facilities applies.

The flu shot should be repeated every year

Risk groups such as the elderly, pregnant women and the chronically ill are particularly at risk of the flu and should be vaccinated. The flu shot should be repeated every year because flu viruses change very quickly and the vaccine is regularly modified. When vaccinating seniors 65 years of age and older, the use of a boosted vaccine with a higher dose is recommended.

Vaccination should take place in November to build up early and good protection against the flu. Influenza vaccination is considered to be very well tolerated. Adverse effects rarely occur after vaccination. They may consist of symptoms such as chills, muscle pain, tiredness or nausea, and will disappear quickly.

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