Growth of influenza virus was confirmed.

Growth of influenza virus was confirmed.

The influenza pandemic wave continues to grow and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) wave is receding. At the same time, there is an increase in income with Covid in hospitals, he noted Information system for infection surveillance in Catalonia (Civic).

The current peak in flu incidence, of 153 cases per 100,000 population, is higher than last year on these dates, but still lower than in the years before the pandemic.

The health system in Catalonia has all the healthcare equipment ready to respond to the increase in the spread of respiratory viruses. Health centers witness normal activity on these dates.

Epidemiological situation

During the week of 25 to 31 December 2023, rates of acute respiratory infections decreased slightly compared to the previous week, possibly due to the Christmas holiday and reduced use of healthcare services.

There were 720 people admitted for Covid to traditional beds, 176 more than the previous week, and 24 people were admitted to the ICU, 11 more than the previous week.

Measures to prevent respiratory infections

  • Wash your hands properly and often.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when you sneeze or cough, then throw it in the trash.
  • Indoor ventilation.
  • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms and avoid contact with vulnerable people while they are sick.
  • Limit contacts or stay at home if you feel unwell and consult a healthcare professional if you deal with the elderly or people with chronic diseases, or if the development is poor.
  • Make an appointment for your flu and COVID vaccination if you are not up to date on your vaccinations.
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Vaccination coverage

Vaccination coverage for people exposed to coronavirus is 59% for those over 80 years of age and 45% for people aged 70-79 years. Coverage against influenza in these age groups is higher, at 65% and 53%, respectively.

Regular and guaranteed increase in care activity

The increase in activity last week occurred mainly at Primary Care Emergency Centers (CUAP), which received more than 6,000 emergency cases per day on average. In hospitals, emergency room activity increased by 1.3% (11,176 daily visits on average) and hospital admissions increased, which is slightly higher than it was seven days ago.

Winter plan 2023-24

The 2023-24 winter plan aims to monitor activity and respond to the usual increase in demand during the winter.

The value of the plan this year amounts to an economic amount of more than 37.5 million euros, which is distributed to all health regions.

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