Influenza outbreak: Watch out for seasonal changes

The spurt in infections of Seasonal influenza during the first two weeks poses significant public health challenge for India. Like last year, Rajasthan is the worst-affected State in the current season with more than 750 cases. There have been peaks in the country over the past six years, with the number of cases recorded by the Integrated Disease Surveillance program soaring to 42,592. The other regions include Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana and the National Capital Region for higher cases of virus.

Seasonal influenza will, according to the WHO, continue to resurface. India must prepare for it with a comprehensive programme that covers all the States.

Meanwhile for all citizens, stay alert, eat well and be healthy.