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Large flu wave causes highest sick leave in years


There have not been so many sickness reports for flu in ten years

Fever, runny nose, chills: this winter the flu wave was particularly severe. This can also be seen from the numerous sick reports. According to current statistics, the sickness rate in the past month was higher than it had been in ten years.

One in three stayed home due to the flu

The flu wave was so violent this season that some clinics had to reject patients because of overcrowding. The sickness reports also show that there were significantly more influenza diseases this winter than usual. According to statistics from the company health insurance (BKK), the sickness rate, i.e. the proportion of sick people among all employees, was 6.2 percent in February. This means that as many employees lost their jobs in the past month as they have not in ten years. As the dpa news agency reports, one in three of them stayed at home due to flu or other respiratory infections.

Highest sick leave in ten years

According to the information, the highest sick leave is always achieved in this country. However, according to the BKK, this year's value is “by far” at the top compared to the four major flu waves of the past ten years.

Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and the eastern German states were said to have the highest sick leave rates. Hamburg, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg were the least affected by influenza infections.

The differences can be explained with the different age structure in the countries as well as the respective infrastructure and economic situation.

The flu wave seems to have peaked

Influenza activity continued to be high in the 11th calendar week of 2018 (11th to 18th March) according to current figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), but the peak of the flu wave seemed to have been exceeded.

"According to the Infection Protection Act (IfSG), 44,562 influenza cases confirmed by laboratory diagnostics have been sent to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in the 11th reporting week (MW). This means that 270,730 cases have been transmitted since the 40th MW in 2017 (data status March 20, 2018), ”writes the RKI.

However, it can be assumed that the actual number is much higher, since it is far from always testing for flu.

Always cure properly

Because the symptoms are similar, it is often difficult to tell whether you have a cold or a real flu.

“It is not always easy to differentiate between a cold and influenza,” explains Dr. Wolfgang Reuter, health expert of DKV Deutsche Krankenversicherung, in a consumer information.

You can tell whether you have the flu or an influenza infection, among other things, by how quickly the symptoms develop, because a real flu occurs suddenly. In addition, symptoms such as fatigue and fatigue are usually more intense.

Influenza usually hits the body with full force. Coughing, chills, headaches, body aches and high fever - often over 40 degrees - are also indications of influenza.

Health experts advise that you always cure yourself properly after having survived the flu. Because even after an influenza disease, the immune system is still significantly weakened for a while.

If you don't allow yourself to rest long enough, there is a risk that you will develop an inflammation of the heart after a flu. (ad)

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