Possible major influenza outbreak • Imola Ogi

ROME, 7 July – With the upcoming flu season “the possibility of monitoring for related outbreaks could increase, especially if they are caused by new or recently introduced strains”. This is because “for the second year in a row the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent containment measures”, such as Distances and masks ‘significantly reduced the spread of influenza viruses globally’ Because of the low exposure to seasonal respiratory viruses, ‘Population’s immunity may have decreased’.

This came in a circular issued by the General Directorate of Health Protection at the Ministry of Health on “Influenza prevention and control: recommendations for the 2022-2023 season.” (Dealing).

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