• Germany's news in English

Health authorities warn of severe flu season

The Local · 9 Sep 2012, 12:23

Published: 09 Sep 2012 12:23 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The elderly and people with chronic illnesses are especially advised to receive a flu shot this year, health officials say.

Three Australian children under the age of six died this year because of complications from the flu, said Peter Wutzler, president of the German Association against Virus Diseases (DVV).

As a result, the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute which manages public vaccination matters in Germany, has released 8.3 million doses of flu vaccine for the 2012-2013 season, some of which are already being delivered to local healthcare providers.

The best time to receive a flu shot is between September and November, because it takes two weeks to build up a protection against the virus.

DPA/The Local/mbw

Story continues below…

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

22:15 September 9, 2012 by marimay
Actually, the best time to receive a flu shot is NEVER.

Eat healthy, get enough sleep, some exercise, vitamin D, and wash your damn hands and you wont get sick.
00:49 September 10, 2012 by Onlythetruth
@ marimay

Do you have a source for that statement or is that just your own experience?

I used to get the flu until I started getting a yearly shot here in germany with the result that I never got it again.
10:52 September 10, 2012 by charlenej
Children in Kindergarten and elementary school are not going to always remember or be encouraged to wash their hands by teachers and/or keep their hands out of their mouths. Better for them to get a flu shot, I think.
13:30 September 10, 2012 by murka
Good time to plan the winter getaway.
14:44 September 10, 2012 by Englishted

Tell that to the old ,or people with M.S. etc.

A stupid comment nowhere near your normal high standard.
21:59 September 10, 2012 by marimay
Well, I may have exaggerated when i said "never". I do not know about MS cases, but I do know my grandfather gets sick after his shot.

Paranoid people injecting themselves with who knows what is my problem. Those who would rather do that than practice a healthy lifestyle are asking for trouble.

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Vancouver%2Bresearcher%2Bfinds%2Bshot%2Blinked%2BH1N1%2Billness/7217609/story.html (i dont know how to insert links, so if this doesn't work...)

Fermented foods and probiotics (real ones, not activia and yakult LOL), avoiding artificial sweeteners which destroy healthy bacteria in the gut helps promote a healthy immune system.

The research is out there for anyone who is willing to question things they are told to do.

I also eat a lot of super hot and spicy food. I don't get sick.
23:54 September 11, 2012 by Onlythetruth
So just eat right and you won't get sick? The flu virus doesn't care what you had for lunch. You can buy the expensive fancy health foods but I'll stick by what works. I've got my shot reserved already.
Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd