HELSINKI, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from A/H1N1 flu in Finland had risen to 12, health authorities announced Friday.
So far, 5,356 cases of the disease have been confirmed and more than 100,000 people are estimated to have contracted the virus, according to National Institute for Health and Welfare.
On Wednesday, a 39-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man died of the virus. A 37-year-old man died of the virus last Saturday. All deceased had been chronic patients and belonged to high-risk groups for A/H1N1 flu.
The epidemic first broke out in northern Finland in October, where 24 in every 10,000 people have fallen ill with the flu at present.
According to the institute, as the epidemic spreads, the peak period of the flu in the most populated southern area has started and will continue for at least one to three more weeks.
Finland is now vaccinating people at high risk of being infected with the virus.
Next week, vaccine experts will convene to decide whether the entire population should be inoculated.