research product . 2021

Annual report Surveillance of influenza and other respiratory infections in the Netherlands: winter 2019/2020.

Reukers, D.F.M.; Asten, L. van; Brandsema, P.S.; Dijkstra, F.; Hendriksen, J.M.T.; Hoek, W. van der; Hooiveld, M.; Lange, M.M.A. de; Niessen, F.A.; Teirlinck, A.C.; ...
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Publisher: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Background The flu epidemic in the winter of 2019/2020 was mild and lasted for 5 weeks. That is shorter than the ten-week average over the past 25 years. The last two weeks of the flu epidemic, the first half of March 2020, coincided with the start of the COVID-19 epidemic in the Netherlands. An estimated 400,000 people have had the flu between October 2019 and May 2020. About 74,000 people went to their general practitioner with flu-like illness. People have mainly become ill with type A influenza virus. During the influenza epidemic, 600 more people died than would normally be the case. This “excess mortality” is probably related to influenza. Influenza vaccin...
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