Flu claimed 124 lives
This year’s flu season was markedly worse than in previous in terms of related deaths, the Chief Hygiene Officer Vladimír Valenta has said. The flu claimed 124 lives; 88 percent of those who succumbed were suffering from other respiratory illnesses or had heart conditions. According to the hygiene officer, a large part of the population underestimated the benefits of getting a flu shot; only five percent get the shot, compared to the EU average of 20 percent. Most of the flu cases this season were A/H1N1.