Israel records almost 3,000 flu hospitalizations in a week

Alongside record daily COVID-19 rates, the Health Ministry also reports a steep rise in flu cases throughout the country, urging the population to vaccinate against the flu.

The ministry says 2,825 patients with the disease have been hospitalized in the past week, including 863 children and 181 pregnant women and new mothers.

It also says there is a sharp increase in “flu-like” illness.

The ministry notes that the flu vaccine may be taken alongside a coronavirus vaccine, or at any time gap from it.

Hospital managers have warned that unlike in previous COVID-19 waves, staff is currently already strained before an expected influx of Omicron patients, due to rampant flu cases and many employees being in quarantine.

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