Israel is running out of vaccines in the middle of high flu season

It is feared that Israeli health organizations will run out of flu shots in the middle of a national health crisis, since the year 2019 is close to exceeding the number of people hospitalized due to the disease in the previous two years together.

Until now, more than 100 people have been hospitalized in serious condition with the particularly virulent and aggressive strain of the virus, and the number is expected to increase, as the peak of the flu season is expected to be at the end of January. Throughout the winter of 2018-2019 there were about 45 hospitalizations, while in 2017-2018 there were 77.

The news site of Ynet informed on Saturday that, with about 1.8 million people vaccinated so far this seasonIt was believed that the four health maintenance organizations in the country had only 150,000 vaccines left. There were reports of people who were rejected from HMO branches due to the shortage.

The four organizations said they were working to get more vaccines to meet the extraordinary demand.

On Saturday, popular singer Shiri Maimon wrote on Instagram that she and her children had contracted swine flu and that she had suffered complications. It was “a nightmare,” he said.

Eleven people have died since the beginning of the flu season from 2018 to 2019, according to figures from the Ministry of Health. At least nine of the deaths were caused by complications of swine flu, Haaretz reported Wednesday.

Last winter 54 people became seriously ill with the flu and 17 died.

On Thursday, a woman who was giving birth was admitted to intensive care in very serious conditions after contracting the flu. The condition of the 26-year-old improved on Saturday and met her newborn son.

On Wednesday, an 18-month-old girl died from flu complications at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. The girl arrived at the hospital unconscious and in critical condition. Doctors were forced to declare the death of the girl shortly after her arrival. His blood test showed that he had contracted the flu.

His death came after a 19-year-old man from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and a 14-year-old girl from the Saba Medical Center in Beersheba died Tuesday as a result of flu complications. A 50-year-old man also died of the disease at Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital, he said. Haaretz.

Also on Wednesday, a month-old baby who apparently suffered from the flu virus was rushed to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in critical condition. The doctors were able to stabilize the child.

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