Both flu strains that circle the globe annually have arrived in Iceland. Flu strain B was isolated shortly before Christmas and flu strain A announced its arrival to the country about one week ago.
The flu has, however, not gained full strength yet and if people are healthy now and have not been sick from the flu yet they could be vaccinated, according to Iceland’s head antisepsis physician Haraldur Briem. It takes about ten days for the vaccine to work and that could be sufficient to avoid infection, Morgunbladid reports.
“Of course people can be unlucky and already have the flu when they get vaccinated. But they still have a good chance of not falling ill the next ten days,” Briem said, adding a vaccination cannot be harmful.
On the website influensa.is, the following advice for avoiding infection is given: Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, use paper towels to prevent particles from the respiratory organs from being carried into the atmosphere and wash your hands.