Of those who have a cold and are tested in health care and elderly care, 40 percent have COVID-19.

This, in turn, means that the burden on the healthcare system is high and the number of patients admitted to hospital is on a par with the number who were admitted in December 2022. However, most people are hospitalized due to other reasons, but with a COVID-19 infection.

Vaccines should provide good protection

Infectious disease doctor Anders Nystedt urges the elderly and those who belong to a risk group to get vaccinated before the upcoming flu season.

"People who took one vaccine dose in the spring have had a significantly lower risk of ending up in hospital, about 50 per cent. Even with influenza, we have seen a 60-70 per cent protection against becoming seriously ill in at-risk patients and the elderly," he says.

Nurse's tips

At Hertsön's health centre, the vaccination clinic started up on Tuesday – and here are a nurse's best tips before a visit:

  • Be at the right time. Preferably not before the scheduled time as there will easily be queues.
  • Come in clothes that are easy to take off. It is a good idea to wear a t-shirt to make it easier to give the shot.

In the clip above, you can hear infectious disease doctor Anders Nystedt talk about the situation in Norrbotten.