The flu season, which according to the RKI peaks in the northern hemisphere from October to May, has a noticeable impact on the lives of people in Germany.
The flu season is an annually recurring phenomenon that puts a significant strain on the healthcare system and society as a whole. Influenza, also known as the flu, is highly contagious and is caused by various influenza viruses.
Flu Season 2023 – Influenza Particularly Dangerous for Children
Typical flu symptoms caused by the influenza virus include fever, cough, sore throat, headaches, and extreme fatigue. Children are especially vulnerable, often in close contact with each other in so-called "child flu" settings. Here, the flu can spread easily as children transmit the virus quickly among themselves. Older adults are also susceptible to the flu, as their immune systems are often weakened.
Supply Shortages Threaten During the Flu Season
According to Tagesschau, there are already severe flu cases in the southern hemisphere, with Australia being particularly hard hit. This could be an indication of a severe flu season in Germany in 2023/2024.
In the face of potential shortages of pediatric medications, association president Thomas Fischbach urged parents, in an interview with the Funke Media Group, to prepare in advance by maintaining a well-equipped home pharmacy.
This doesn't involve hoarding medications in large quantities but rather the readiness to have appropriate medications on hand, especially for fever, in case of an emergency.
Prevention During the Flu Season
The flu season can lead to more severe health complications, such as pneumonia and respiratory difficulties requiring hospitalization. In some cases, the flu can be life-threatening. Therefore, taking preventive measures can be crucial.
Annual flu vaccination is primarily recommended for high-risk groups such as young children and seniors to protect against the various influenza strains circulating in Germany. Although the vaccine doesn't provide 100% protection against infection, it can significantly reduce the severity of the illness and curb the spread of the virus.
What You Can Do Yourself
Hygiene also plays a crucial role in dealing with the flu season. Washing hands regularly and avoiding close contact with sick individuals can help contain the spread of the virus.
If you experience flu symptoms, it is advisable to stay at home to reduce the risk of contagion to others. Additionally, make sure to wash your hands regularly to avoid infection.