outbreaks of bronchiolitis and influenza are receding

published on Wednesday January 12, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

The news was expected by hospitals which have been facing a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases for several weeks.

The tension could decrease in the hospital, which faces, in addition to Covid-19, winter illnesses. The bronchiolitis epidemic is decreasing in France, and that of influenza is stabilizing, according to the weekly report from the French public health agency.

The first week of January was marked by a “sharp decrease in monitoring indicators for bronchiolitis in children under 2 years”, according to this bulletin published on Wednesday.

The agency notes in particular the “end of the epidemic in Île-de-France” and the “transition to the post-epidemic phase in Hauts-de-France and Normandy”. Martinique has passed into an epidemic phase.

Common and highly contagious, bronchiolitis causes babies to cough and difficult, fast, and wheezing. Most of the time benign, it may however require a visit to the emergency room, or even hospitalization.

Last winter, confinements and anti-Covid barrier gestures had helped block all viruses, including RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), responsible for bronchiolitis. For its part, the flu epidemic is also showing encouraging signs.

Thus, indicators of influenza activity in town medicine have stabilized. And if the incidence rate of consultations for flu syndrome per 100,000 inhabitants increases (+ 26% in one week), the number of emergency room visits for flu syndrome is decreasing (-32%).

On Tuesday, the Directorate General of Health (DGS) announced that the flu vaccination campaign, which began in October and which was due to end at the end of January, was extended until February 28. The occurrence of an influenza epidemic concomitantly with the 5th wave of the Covid “could have a major impact on the supply of care, in particular the hospital, and including pediatric intensive care,” recalls the DGS.

“After almost three months of a dynamic campaign thanks to the mobilization of all, nearly 12 million people have been vaccinated against the flu,” she continues, adding that “there is still a significant room for improvement to limit the ‘impact of the influenza epidemic “.

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