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Over 122 deaths due to influenza in Greece

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Europe   Three people died last week and seven others were admitted to public hospitals

At least 122 people died in Greece from influenza so far this year, a more severe season compared to the previous one, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Keelpno) reported.

Of the total number of deaths registered since October, more than 97 percent contracted influenza A H1N1, and most were men with an average age of 64, the source said.

Three people died last week and seven others were admitted to public hospitals for the condition, according to Keelpno records.

Despite the increase in fatalities, the virus activity has decreased, the source added, urging people to get vaccinated, especially pregnant women, children, the chronically ill, the elderly and health workers.

It said about 15 percent of the more than 300 confirmed flu cases were immunized. The Greek Ministry of Health promised to deliver 50,000 vaccines against this acute viral disease, which affects the respiratory tract and can cause high fever, headache, sore throat and joint pain.

The World Health Organization indicates that the clinical manifestations are very variable.


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