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Flu epidemic is less severe than that of past three years

The flu epidemic in the Netherlands is so far “less intense” than the epidemics in the past three years, reports health institution did Nivel Wednesday. The number of people with griepklachten drops for three weeks steadily.

Last week went just 54 on the 100,000 people with flu symptoms to the doctor, against 68 a week earlier. The week before, there were 75.

If two consecutive weeks more than 51 for every 100,000 people influenza, there is official talk of an epidemic.

General practitioners see this round in particular, many children up to four years, with flu-like symptoms, reports Nivel.

Now there is for the eighth consecutive week, there is a flu epidemic. On average, it takes about epidemic in the Netherlands about nine weeks. Last year was took the griepgolf twice as long as normal.

The Netherlands institute for health service research is based on numbers of forty general practices spread throughout the country.

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