Norway’s FHI reports unusually high flu levels for this time of year

Cold - flu - runny nosePhoto: Sara Johannessen Meek / NTB

Flu infection in Norway is still on the rise. 

“It is very unusual for an outbreak of flu to begin in March in Norway,” Trine Hessevik Paulsen at the Department of Infection Control and Vaccines at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) told the newspaper BA.

In recent weeks, flu infection cases have doubled every week. Last week, the increase continued, but not as sharply as in previous weeks, according to the FHI’s weekly report. The increase is expected to continue. 

“It is difficult to say how it will develop in the coming weeks,” Hessevik Paulsen said.

She says that there have been an unusual number of flu-related hospitalizations in the 15 to 29 years age group.

“We believe this is due to the fact that the infection is very widespread in this age group.”

Last week, 1,300 people were on sick leave due to the flu, up from 800 the week before. In comparison, 7,600 people were on sick leave with coronavirus, figures from the NAV show.

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