Flu claims 22 lives before epidemic subsides

Health officials have declared the flu epidemic that hit the nation this year formally over, now that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (SPKC) statistics show fewer cases in recent weeks.

However the outbreak proved deadly all the same, claiming altogether 22 deaths, mostly among the elderly and patients with other chronic diseases, SPKC spokesperson Anete Jansone announced.

Experts have termed this year’s epidemic of several strains of the virus to have been of moderate intensity, lasting from January’s beginning, reaching its height at the end of the month, earlier than in previous years.

Immunization levels as usual were extremely low – only 1% of residents got their flu shots.

The SPKC warns that the end of an epidemic never means the end of the threat of flu virus, which keeps circulating amongst us as we breathe.

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