Flu deaths: Mexico reports first deaths of the season from the disease

The Federal Ministry of Health reported the first three deaths flu season 2022-2023 in Mexico; They are registered in the states Colima, Puebla and Yucatan, respectively, and all were caused by a virus AH3N2.

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The Directorate General for Epidemiology reported that until this Friday 539 flu patients in the state; 86.6% were caused by flu AH3N29.6% for flu A Not a subtype, 3.5% due to influenza AH1N1 and 0.2% for influenza B; as well as three deaths from the influenza subtype AH3N2 (100%).

The countries with the highest number of cases are:

  • The new lion
  • Colima
  • Southern Baja California
  • Puebla
  • Veracruz

Who is most affected by the flu?

According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Health, the age groups that are most affected and in which the most cases are recorded are:

  • youth from 20 to 29 years old
  • children and adolescents from 10 to 19 years
  • Older adults 65 years old

How does the flu spread?

The flu it is normally transmitted from person to person through droplets and particles expelled by coughing or sneezing; In many cases, transmission usually occurs when the infected person does not even know they have the virus.

According to the Pan American Health Organization, the flu is a viral infection that primarily affects the nose, throat, bronchi, and occasionally the lungs.

flu symptoms

  • High temperature
  • Pain in the muscles
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Rhinitis

Recommendations for preventing the spread of influenza

One of the main recommendations is vaccination every year when the seasonal flu season begins, along with other measures, such as:

  • Do not share food, glasses or cutlery
  • Stay away from people who have a respiratory infection
  • Cough or sneeze by covering your mouth and nose with the inside of your hand
  • Wrap yourself up warm and avoid sudden changes in temperature
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Do not smoke indoors or near children, the elderly or the sick

When did the flu vaccination campaign start?

At the beginning of October, the seasonal flu vaccination campaign began, announced Ruy López Ridaura, head of the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control (before dinner) at the press conference.

Until when can I get vaccinated against the flu?

The authorities reported that the population will have until March 31, 2023 to receive the injection in health centers.

Who should get the flu shot this season?

The vaccination campaign is for all persons from 6 months of age; however, the vaccine is specifically for people with a higher degree of vulnerability, such as:

  • Adults 60 and over
  • Girls and boys from 6 to 59 months
  • Medical staff
  • Pregnant woman
  • Risk groups from 5 to 59 years old (adults, girls and boys with some kind of comorbidity)

Reactions to the flu vaccine

The government of Mexico points out on its website that although the vaccine contains dead particles of the flu virus, does not cause diseaseand points out that who applies it, could represent a greater sensitivitypain, redness and hardness at the injection site.

In addition, chills, malaise, muscle pain, headache or joint pain and allergy may occur; It was also requested not to vaccinate those who have a history of egg allergy or a previous dose of this inoculation, a temperature equal to or higher than 38.5 °C or a history of Guillain Barré syndrome.

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