x

Society

Flu Still Sweeping Through Greece, Death Toll Hits 39

February 8, 2019

ATHENS – With many Greeks shunning vaccinations – an annual problem – 39 have died from complications the flu since October, including a five-year-old girl on Crete and an infant under a year old who had pre-existing medical condition.

Most did not get a flu shot as recommended with many Greeks believing it ineffective or risking they chance they won’t get ill, despite recommendations from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) for them to innoculated.

KEELPNO said there has been a spike in cases over the last 10 days up to Feb. 7, when 21 out of this flu season’s 39 deaths occurred, while more than 50 patients were put in intensive care. The overwhelming majority were people in high-risk groups – the elderly, young children and people with chronic ailments.

Since last October, 165 patients, including nine children, have received treatment in intensive care units, said Kathimerini, with health officials urging people to still get a flu shot and that they should seek medical attention within 48 hours of becoming ill.

“There is an onslaught of the flu every year … The public and the relevant authorities must be vigilant,” said Sotirios Tsiodras, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and infectious diseases at the medical school of Athens University, during a press conference hosted by KEELPNO.

Tsiodras added that 30,000-40,000 people die each year in Europe because of the flu while at least 10-15 percent of the population is infected. Health authorities said that 2,226,530 vaccines have been imported into the country.

Yiannis Baskozos, General Secretary of the Health Ministry said, another 50,000 vaccines have been ordered and will be available at pharmacies by Feb. 15.

RELATED

ATHENS — Greece's coast guard on Monday prevented at least 590 migrants from illegally entering the country's waters in the eastern Aegean Sea from neighboring Turkey in assorted vessels, authorities said.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Video

Mitsotakis Addresses Boston College Graduation Ceremony

BOSTON - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke at the 146th graduation ceremony of Boston College, held on Monday.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.