Nine people have died in Croatia, vaccines are rare


In the UKC, Ljubljana influenza patients who came to the hospital Dr. Peter Holds directs to the infection clinic, because the epidemic department is full. Respondents claimed that the situation in the hospital was "under control", while in Croatia faced the third largest epidemic in Europe; Nine people died.



Department of Infection at Dr. Hospital Peter Holding is very busy.

More than 8500 cases of influenza have been confirmed in neighboring Croatia, only more than 500,000 people have been infected last week, mostly in the capital, which is more than 20 kilometers from the Slovenian border. According to the latest figures, nine people have died. They also awaited the results of the investigation, whether two women from Split died of influenza.

Compared to recent years, an increase in the number of patients, especially after the new year, has a severe form of influenza. Experts estimate the flu season will peak at the end of the month. Because of the epidemic, vaccines have started to fail. Only 300 doses are available.

The head of the Croatian Public Health Institute stressed that this is not the so-called swine flu, but for the subtype of influenza type A (H1N1) virus.

"Everything is under control, the situation is more serious than in previous years, but there is no reason to panic," provided by the head of the Clinic of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of Zagreb Frana Mihaljević, Alemka Markotić. In addition, he urges all people suffering from influenza who are easier to stay at home, drink enough fluids, and take medication against high temperatures, but they should not go to the doctor because this will also burden the health system.

The Ljubljana Department is fully busy

Due to the increase in the number of cases of influenza, visits to most Slovenian maternity hospitals and wards are limited. Ljubljana's University Clinical Center (UKC) has a limited number of visits to one healthy person for 30 minutes or one hour, while certain parts are prohibited from visiting. In the UKC, Ljubljana influenza patients who came to the hospital Dr. Petra Držaja has directed to the infection clinic, because the hospital influenza department with 20 beds has been fully loaded.

According to the doctor's adviser, the situation in the hospital was in the first aid of internists Gregor Mlinška "Under control". "On the night and yesterday, there was a wave of patients, because in this winter the number of respiratory infections increased, not every infection like that was influenza; from Friday to now, we examined about 100 patients," said on Saturday. In every ten patients, flu is suspected and half are confirmed. This means that around five percent of patients who visit the department in the past 36 hours have been proven to have the flu.

"In two, three patients are no worse for flu, they are not here because flu levels are difficult like themselves, but because they have related and older diseases, therefore they need more intensive control" Mlinsek explained.

He did not know the Croatian case, so he did not know whether it was a similar type of influenza, like a disaster in Croatia. Three patients who were hospitalized 24 hours suffered from type A flu, because all three were in an acute condition but did not analyze their immune system.

Infection is very dangerous for the baby

For more serious forms of influenza, more than 65 years and the youngest are more vulnerable. Therefore, the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) warns young parents that respiratory infections, especially from autumn to spring, are very common in infants, but also very dangerous. "Before touching a baby, we wash our hands, we don't kiss the baby, if we get cold, we don't have people with respiratory infections near the baby" advice about NIJZ. Parents should not go to babies to places where there are many people, such as shopping centers, or family celebrations. Infection is easily transmitted through physical contact, coughing, sneezing, talking or surfing, experts warn. Because the immune system is not fully formed after birth, siblings should not go to kindergarten until at least the first month of the baby's age, and the mother should, if possible, breastfeed. It is also important that babies are regularly vaccinated on the recommendation of a pediatrician, and family members must be vaccinated against influenza, advises NIJZ.


The more difficult the disease travels, which can even endanger life, according to them, is reflected as heat and cough persistence, difficulty and rapid breathing, breathing, shortness of breath and longer pauses while breathing.

"In the case of difficult courses, we will go with the baby immediately to the doctor! Especially endangered are premature babies, children with chronic lung disease and / or children with serious congenital heart failure,« experts from the National Institute of Public Health warned.


The only Minister of Health, Samo Fakin, was vaccinated against influenza.


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