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Major seasonal flu outbreak unlikely this winter

  • October 3, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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According to Sunday’s Nikkei, only four people contracted seasonal influenza nationwide in the week ending on Sept. 26, far fewer than in regular years. As a similar trend was detected last year, the daily speculated that there may not be a major outbreak of seasonal flu this winter either perhaps on account of the continued entry ban for foreign visitors and COVID-19 infection prevention protocols that many people are likely to practice in the foreseeable future. However, epidemiologists and doctors are warning that some people may suffer from serious flu symptoms if they do contract the virus due to a lack of immunity to it.

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