Flu peaks are already being felt in Balearic hospitals. | M. À. Cañellas

The pressure of care has already begun to be felt this Tuesday in the hospitals of the Islands, being more important in small health centres such as those of Inca and Manacor. It is usual for this to happen after the Christmas holidays, as it will be remembered that gatherings in enclosed spaces are conducive to contagion, especially respiratory viruses and influenza is already circulating in the Balearics as an epidemic, especially type A.

Demand is growing but is still manageable, i.e. there has not been a collapse in the system. Against this backdrop, the health authorities have reminded the public that preventive measures should be taken to the utmost and that the flu vaccination campaign is open to the entire population and available at health centres.

For its part, the Spanish Society of Emergency Medicine (Semes) recommends the use of masks if symptoms appear in a communiqué issued in response to the high incidence of influenza throughout the country.