Ural doctors emphasize that vaccination could have saved us from influenza this year. According to Rospotrebnadzor, 62% of the population of the Sverdlovsk region was vaccinated in the pre-epidemic season 2020–2021, in the same period of 2019–2020 – 54.4%, in 2018–2019 – 49.4%, in 2017–2018 – m – 43.9%, in 2016-2017 – 40.3%, and in 2015-2016 – 37.9%. Doctors say that the reduction in the incidence of influenza depends on vaccination coverage.
It can be assumed that this year all efforts are aimed at identifying and treating coronavirus infection, so the flu is not detected. But doctors refute this theory. The Rospotrebnadzor department explained that there is a global influenza surveillance system around the world, including Russia.
“Support bases have been identified throughout Russia, and every week they take a certain number of samples of fresh cases,” the Rospotrebnadzor said. – This is done during the first five days of the patients’ illness. They are tested for coronavirus, respiratory panel, and influenza viruses. This network successfully traps all pathogens that are circulating. But the flu almost never got into the network, which means that its circulation really decreased.