And public health experts confirm, according to the “Vaccine” magazine report, that with the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting a flu vaccine has become more important this fall than ever before.
Cold Vaccine and Kurna
Health experts from the National Public Health Organization, Andreas Segros Hospital and Kapodistrian University in Greece say that flu shots aim to reduce the risk of influenza infection and is critical, especially in the fall or the coming winter when the flu season usually begins.
A bad flu season and hospitalizations rise, combined with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, can overwhelm hospitals across the country and other countries, and if the flu season gets worse this year, it could mean more hospitalizations and even deaths.
Influenza and COVID-19
In late 2019, influenza-like illness and pneumonia were reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and now, 8 months later, in the absence of a vaccine or effective drug for the disease, the global infection death toll has risen.
Other countries that recorded large numbers of infections include Brazil, with more than 3.16 million cases, India, with more than 2.32 million cases, and Russia, with more than 900,000 cases.
The demand for health care systems this year is expected to far exceed the requirements for medical care during influenza seasons alone, and this is related to factors such as – the transmission of the-CoV-2 virus from one person to another is more widespread compared to influenza, and a large proportion of the population is still vulnerable to infection, and the fatality rate COVID-19 is much higher.
“COVID-19 deaths are 9.5-44.1 times greater than those recorded during the peak week of influenza deaths during the past seven flu seasons in the United States, an average of 20.5 times,” the authors wrote in the article, adding that demand could be worse for countries that Like Greece, there is a limited spread of the Coronavirus during the first wave of the outbreak.
The authors call on public health officials around the world to raise absorption rates Influenza vaccine With a focus on high-risk groups and health care workers, influenza vaccinations should be mandatory in these groups because the upcoming winter season could spell disaster if the number of flu cases rises along with the COVID-19 cases.
Influenza and COVID-19 can present similar symptoms and there is a chance of developing a common infection, as severe cases can lead to complications and even fatal outcomes.
COVID-19 and influenza also target the same at-risk groups, such as the elderly, those with underlying medical conditions, people who are obese, and those who live in long-term care facilities.