Number of Respiratory Illnesses Spiking in Taiwan 醫:近期流感出現零星個案 已有升溫跡象

The Centers for Disease Control has reported two new severe complicated influenza cases. One of the two, a man in his 70s, died just five days after falling ill. This was the second death of the flu season so far and the CDC is urging everyone to get a flu shot as soon as possible.


With daytime and nighttime temperatures varying, the number of patients seeking medical treatment for respiratory conditions has gone up in the last few days. Apart from COVID-19, Taiwan has seen a spike in the number of RSV and flu cases.

Zen Lin, Chair, ROC Primary Care Association: “If a patient has a high fever that isn't going down and they also have chills, headache, aches and pains, a cough, runny nose, and other respiratory symptoms, and if other people in their family have these symptoms as well, I'm guessing it's the flu.”

Two new severe complicated influenza cases were recently reported, with both cases identified as influenza A subtype H3N2. Neither patient had gotten the flu vaccine. The first, a 4-year-old boy, fell ill at the end of October and was recently discharged from the hospital after a spell in the ICU. The other, a man in his 70s with chronic conditions, fell ill on Nov. 5 and died on the 9th. There have been two flu deaths so far this flu season.

Chuang Jen-hsiang, Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control: “Around 80 percent of flu vaccines have been administered, so we hope people over 65 and children that haven't started going to school yet can get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

The Centers for Disease Control says there have been three severe complicated influenza cases reported in Taiwan so far this flu season. Eighty percent of the 6.29 million free flu shots available have been administered already and the CDC hopes people under five and over 65 can get their flu shot as soon as possible.

 

 

最近天氣日夜溫差大,上呼吸道感染的病人增加不少。有基層診所醫師發現,除了新冠肺炎、呼吸道融合病毒,流感也有零星個案,開始有升溫跡象。

基層醫療協會理事長林應然說明:「如果這個人高燒不退,而且有這些類似發燒、發冷、頭痛、全身痠痛、咳嗽、流鼻水,這種呼吸道症狀,再加上家族傳染這樣的症狀,我就會比較懷疑是流感。」

流感進入流行季,疾管署公布新增2例流感併發重症個案,2人都是感染A型H3N2,也都沒有打過流感疫苗。其中一例為未滿5歲男童,10月底發病,曾入住加護病房,所幸病況好轉,日前已出院;另一例則為70多歲男性,有慢性病史,11月5日發病,雖然住院治療,仍不幸在9日病逝。而這也是今年流感季以來,第2例流感重症死亡個案。

疾管署副署長莊人祥指出:「整個流感疫苗已經用了大概8成,所以希望65歲以上的長者,跟學齡前的幼兒就趕快接種。」

根據疾管署統計,本季流感季已有3例流感併發重症病例,都沒有打流感疫苗。莊人祥再次提醒,今年公費流感疫苗629萬劑,已使用超過8成,呼籲65歲以上長者及學齡前幼兒等高風險族群,應盡快打疫苗,以獲得足夠保護力。