The risk of infection is higher in children under five years of age, but those older are not protected.

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Infectious disease experts believe that Russia’s flu epidemic will ease as schools begin winter break. However, the chances that the disease will go away are small: for this, herd immunity must be developed.

In the weekly bulletin prepared by the Smorodintsev Research Institute of Influenza notedthat the incidence of SARS and influenza in the whole country increased and, amounting to 143.6 per 10 thousand of the population, was 105.1% higher than the baseline (70.0) and 94.1% higher than the weekly epidemic threshold. Epidemic thresholds for the incidence of influenza and SARS in the entire population have been exceeded by 20% or more in 53 cities.

The swine flu (H1N1) spreads the fastest, influenza A (H3N2), non-subtyped influenza A, influenza B are also diagnosed. Most often, the disease affects children, and the youngest, who are not yet five years old. Those who are older are not protected either. Doctors note: the disease is severe, several deaths have already been recorded among minors – in Stavropol, Chelyabinsk and the Yaroslavl region. All those who died from the consequences of the flu were from 10 to 17 years old, RIA Novosti reports.

Due to the rapid spread of influenza and SARS in a number of regions, schools close to quarantine, transfer children to distance learning and announce early holidays. However, as before reported the network publication “Uchitelskaya Gazeta” at the country level will not accept restrictions related to the spread of seasonal diseases. But in polyclinics you can do a flu test, this study is a decree of the government of the Russian Federation included to the compulsory health insurance program.

There is no panacea for the flu, experts say. One of the main preventive measures is the wearing of masks, as well as vaccination. Currently for the flu vaccinated 50% of Russians. In addition, earlier reportedabout an effective remedy that can protect the body. Experts believe that school holidays will help reduce the spread of influenza and SARS. In the Moscow region they start from 31 December. However, the diseases are unlikely to go away: it will be possible to talk about the end of the epidemic only after the formation of herd immunity.