Flu begins to decline in European countries

In general flu virus activity in Europe was described as decreasing with the Czech Republic, France, Israel and Kazakhstan reporting levels below epidemic proportions. A few countries in the east, however, reported increasing activity. In northern and western Europe, both influenza A and B infections are present. In central and eastern Europe, mostly influenza A predominates.

Influenza viruses are transmitted from person to person byinhaling small airborne respiratory droplets created when infectious personscough, sneeze or laugh. These viruses are also spread by hand-to-hand andhand-to-mouth contact. Maintaining a small distance (1 meter) from a personwith a respiratory illness and frequent hand washing will help reduce the riskof exposure. This year, the currently available vaccine provides a good degreeof protection (up to 65%) against the currently circulating influenza viruses.

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