Influenza Claims 74 Lives in Greece So Far This Year



Ioannina Hospital. File photo

Seventy four people have died of influenza complications so far this year in Greece according to the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO), which published its latest figures on Thursday.

The number of Greek citizens who lost their lives due to the winter influenza outbreak as of last week was fifty six.

A total of eighteen people have succumbed to the flu during the last seven days. This flu season has turned out to be one of the worst years for flu-related deaths ever recorded in the country.

The flu virus strain called H1N1, which has hit the country this winter, seems to be especially lethal for people who already have existing medical conditions.

Epidemiologists and other experts in the country urge the Greek population, especially patients suffering from chronic illnesses and the elderly, to get vaccinated in early Autumn. It is vital to get the shot before the beginning of the flu season, and not leave vaccinations until the last minute.