According to German scientists, a severe influenza epidemic may already occur this season. Only flu vaccines will help stop the number of infections. Experts also recommend using it with a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Who is at particular risk of serious influenza?
The daily Tagesspiegel reports: This season there may be a particularly severe flu epidemic. Experts warn that influenza viruses may be becoming more aggressive. It can only help Serum.
Flu shot with third dose of COVID-19 vaccine?
According to the researchers, there are no reasons why the two vaccines should not be given at the same time. Thomas Mertens, chair of the Standing Committee on Immunization, says the precautionary measure of separating two vaccines is no longer necessary.
Thomas Mertens also believes that flu vaccines are much needed because this winter, unlike last year, the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic will not be restrictive. This means that we will have more chances of injury.
Pandemic influenza: who is particularly at risk?
flu vaccines It is recommended for everyone, but the elderly and those who need care should be vaccinated first. People with chronic diseases are also at high risk. With them this year’s flu can lead to very serious complications, and even death. It is also important that this group of patients receive the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
The effectiveness of influenza vaccines
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports that it is difficult to determine the effectiveness of flu vaccines in the coming season. This is due to insufficient information in the database. It was on their basis that the vaccine was prepared.
This information was not as accurate as in previous years. Last winter, the RKI recorded what was arguably the weakest flu season in decades in Germany, with only a few hundred laboratory-confirmed cases.
The decrease in the number of confirmed cases of influenza is linked to last year’s limitations. Restrictions on movement, school closures, the wearing of face masks and other measures to protect against the Corona virus have helped contain the spread of influenza.
According to RKI President Lothar Wieler, influenza pandemic It could happen at the same time as the fourth wave of the coronavirus. According to him, hospitals are already preparing for such a scenario.
It is possible that in the future we will be able to receive a single vaccine against influenza and the Corona virus. The daily Tagesspiegel reports that US biotech company Novavax has just started early clinical trials with a combined vaccine against seasonal influenza and Covid-19.
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