Influenza vaccine does not increase Covid-19 risk

Четверг, 24 Сен, 2020

There are many different flu viruses that circulate every year.

Public Health Wales (PHW) is urging anyone who is eligible to have their free flu vaccine as NHS Wales begins its largest ever national flu vaccine programme.

If you have a child over six months old who qualifies for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), you may also qualify for a flu vaccination at no cost to you.

Flu usually kills around 11,000 people each year in England and many more are hospitalised.

"Participants were also feeling a real sense of the severity of COVID-19, given the high-risk group that they're in, and wanted to protect themselves from serious illness".

The timing of the vaccine is important, however.

Common COVID-19 symptoms to look for include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath and loss of the sense of taste and smell. Two and three-year-olds will be able to get a vaccine from their GP. For more information on where you can get a flu vaccine, visit www.vaccinefinder.org.

YouGov research, on behalf of Public Health Wales, has revealed that 68% of those eligible for the free vaccine said they would be "very likely" to be vaccinated this year.

However, if you're aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.

Mr Sturrock, who works for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands, said: "It's important that we all remember that flu is still a killer despite the current pandemic". The vaccine also did not raise risks of hospitalization, admission to the intensive care unit or mortality from the disease. A record number of NHS staff - three-quarters of a million (74.3%) of frontline healthcare workers - took up their workplace vaccination a year ago. One of the few differences is the coronavirus can cause a loss of taste and smell, not an effect of the flu, he said.

"It's possible, even probable, that more people will get the vaccine than usual, hopefully in the vulnerable populations", Floret says. Due to the current situation of COVID 19 and to protect our staff and residents, only drive through flu clinics will be offered.

Ready for your flu shot?

Getting vaccinated too early, for example July or August, can result in reduced protection against flu infection later in the season, particularly with older adults. It could save your life, or someone you love.

It comes shortly after people were advised to get flu jabs to help protect against the "double danger" of flu and coronavirus.

More than 150 pharmacies will be offering the vaccine to people over the age of five this year in Waterloo Region.

Scaled-up marketing campaigns across TV, radio and digital advertising will reinforce the seriousness of flu.

The city of Long Beach will offer free flu shots at a pair of locations starting next month for people who don't have insurance or whose health providers don't offer the vaccinations.