Swine flu: two people died in Hesse

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Two people have died of swine flu. The majority of flu patients became infected with the H1N1 virus.

In Hesse, two people died of swine flu infections. Hessian Minister of Social Affairs Stefan Grüttner (CDU) said that both cases of illness from this year have been known since Monday. The deceased patients were two elderly people who were over the age of 50. Both infected people also had a chronic previous illness. The minister did not want to give any further details.

Since the beginning of 2011, a total of 98 patients have been reported in Hesse who have been infected with the flu virus. An H1N1 infection was detected in half of the cases. The Minister of Social Affairs once again called on the population to be vaccinated against flu. The current vaccination also protects against swine flu in addition to two other flu agents. It must be expected that the flu wave has not yet peaked. In this context, Grüttner explained that people with chronic illnesses, pregnant women, cardiovascular patients and people of older age groups are particularly at risk. Here, severe courses of the flu threaten. For the first time, health experts are also calling on pregnant women to get vaccinated.

At the same time, the minister emphasized that employees in clinics, doctor's offices and schools are also at particular risk. Overall, everyone should take care of vaccination protection who come into contact with people for professional reasons. There is currently increasing evidence that the risk of infection in schools is particularly high.

In fact, the forecasted flu wave has so far been relatively mild. This year, no more serious illnesses from influenza have become known than in previous years. In addition, all deceased patients have previously suffered from previous illnesses. (sb)

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