"Between 18 and 24 March, some 160 people per 100,000 residents consulted a GP as they were battling flu symptoms. This means that the peak is behind us", the WIV said.
The epidemic started in December, spread in January and reached a peak early February. In all, the epidemic lasted 12 weeks, which is exceptionally long. Last year, the flu season only lasted 6 weeks. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of the Belgians got influenza. At its peak, there were 1,083 flu consultations per 100,000 inhabitants.