domenica 14 settembre 2014

Italy prepares for flu season

Vaccines available by end of October

(ANSA) - Rome, September 11 - Italy is preparing for flu season by introducing vaccines in late October, virologists from the University of Milan reported on Thursday. "The vaccination season will officially open in late October, even if the ideal time to get vaccinated is by the end of November", Fabrizio Pregliasco, University of Milan virologist and medical superintendent of the Galeazzi Institute, said.

Three strains of the flu are expected to hit up to four million Italians starting in early November but are not predicted to be aggressive as all three strains are well-known and addressed in the upcoming vaccine. "The true influenza is characterized by sudden fever, muscular pains and at least one respiratory symptom", Pregliasco said, adding that the elderly and people with heart disease and respiratory illnesses are more susceptible. Experts are also expecting "cousin" viruses to rebound by the summer season, which could affect another 6 million Italians. 

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