January 2023 – On 5 January 2023, Romania’s Ministry of Health issued an epidemiological alert for influenza (flu), following the entering into force of Instruction no. 161/2023 .
This decision was taken given the increase of the number of influenza cases in Romania, which exceeds the average number of the previous five seasons.
In this respect, the Ministry of Health issued a series of measures and recommendations for health units/hospitals, employers, educational institutions and the general population.
While the preventive measures for health units and educational institutions are mandatory, the Ministry of Health issued only recommendations for employers and the general population. Thus, no direct sanctions exist for not observing the recommendations.
Recommendations for employers
The following recommendations were issued for employers in all sectors of activity:
Employers should inform employees about the new influenza (flu) epidemiological alert and should follow the above recommendations and apply the health- and safety-related measures to minimise the risk of infection in the workplace, thereby protecting their employees.
Recommendations for the public
We mention the following relevant recommendations for the general population, similar to the Covid-19 pandemic prevention recommendations:
 Instruction of the Ministry of Health no. 161/2023 regarding the establishment of the state of epidemiological alert determined by influenza, published in the Official Gazette no. 15 dated 05.01.2023.