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New serious flu case recorded, ten people still in ICU

A new serious influenza A case was confirmed on Friday, bringing the number of patients who are in intensive care units to ten, Head of the Infectious Disease Surveillance Unit of the health ministry Maria Koliou said.

At the same time, she announced that new vaccines have arrived and will be available from Monday. Those who wish to be vaccinated who are under 65 have to bring a prescription from their doctors, she said.

From December 1 until now 54 serious incidents of the flu have been reported, of whom 12 have died, a record number for the last decade.

Koliou reiterated that the flu vaccine was the best way to protect vulnerable groups, including persons suffering from chronic diseases, diabetes, and heart and kidney problems.

The general public should take preventive measures such as washing their hands, keeping premises well aired and avoid being close to coughing and sneezing people.

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