The Minister of Health of the province of Buenos Aires, Nicholas Kreplakconfirmed a increase in cases of Influenza A throughout the metropolitan area, although the same scenario is replicated in the center and north of the country. As experts stated, the outbreak of influenza went ahead of winter and remarked that it will be important the vaccination and avoid self-diagnosis. Regarding the first point, Nation confirmed that the inoculation campaign will start in April.

“Since the pandemic began, we have had almost no flu circulation in 2020 and 2021, there were very few cases of flu but we are seeing an increase in cases that is not comparable to an epidemic such as that of 2018, but it happens that there are two months before,” the provincial Health Minister said Wednesday in dialogue with FM Urbana Play radio.

Likewise, he clarified that the symptoms are very similar to those of the coronavirus, so it can lead to confusion. In this sense, specialists stressed the importance of avoiding self-diagnosis. On the other hand, Kreplak explained that the vaccine will arrive in April and anticipated that those over 60 years old, those under 2 years old, health workers, or those with chronic diseases, have to “prepare to be vaccinated”.

The reasons for the appearance

When asked why the appearance of this type of flu was brought forward, the minister considered that in recent weeks there was a relaxation of health care that caused “respiratory diseases to circulate again, although they are not as contagious as the coronavirus they get infected out of time.”

For this reason, he urged “apply what we learned with the pandemic; hygiene care, ventilation of environments, not going to work with runny nose, sneezing, or coughing, since that is what is contagious.

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