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Flu-like illness cases up 45% compared to previous year

Ryan Macasero

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Flu-like illness cases up 45% compared to previous year

The Bird flu strain found in Capiz is the same strain that caused an outbreak in Pampanga and Bulacan early in 2022.

(1st UPDATE) The Department of Health has recorded 151,375 cases from January 1 to October 13 this year

MANILA, Philippines – Influenza-like illness (ILI) cases have increased by 45% compared to the previous year, as reported by the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, October 19.

Flu-like illness cases up 45% compared to previous year

The DOH has recorded a total of 151,375 cases of ILI, also commonly known the flu, from January 1 to October 13 this year. This represents a 45% increase compared to the same period last year.

The increase began in September recording a 26% increase in ILI cases compared to previous year.

“The higher number of cases in 2023 compared to the previous year is observed in most diseases under surveillance, which could be attributed to the efforts to strengthen surveillance for other diseases as we shift our focus from COVID-19,” the DOH said in its statement released on October 18.

The flu season in the Philippines typically coincides with the start of the rainy season, which typically lasts from June to December, the DOH said in a statement.

For those who have not yet received the latest flu vaccine strain, before the end of the year is the ideal time to do so since the virus thrives in both cold, dry, and humid, rainy conditions. You can check with your local health office regarding the availability of the vaccine in your area.

According to the United States Center for Disease Control, if you feel ill, it’s advised to stay home from school or work and to cover your mouth. Additionally, you should avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth and practice good hygiene habits. – Rappler.com

(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article reported that the 151,375 ILI cases were from October 9 to 13, 2023. The correct period is from January 1 to October 13, 2023.)

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    Kindly clarify conflicting reports and research on flu vaccine efficacy. Prevailing material says that it’s ineffective for being unable to match and predict the vaccine with the evolving and rapidly changing strains. And that there’s no way to determine what form of mutation it’ll take, making a vaccine a virtual blindfolded hit the target. game. Now there are calls to get the vaccine.

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at ryan.macasero@rappler.com