The presence of influenza and Covid-19 together significantly increases the risk of death, say government scientists, who are urging anyone at risk of contracting or transmitting the flu to receive the vaccine in the coming weeks and months.
Currently, evidence of a double stroke is limited and comes mostly from a study of a small number – 58 people – conducted in the UK during the early phase of the pandemic.
“As far as I understand, 43% of people with coin infection have died, compared to 26.9% of those who have tested positive for Covid alone,”
“I think the relative difference in the size of these rates is more important than the absolute rate,” he said. The survey may have been small and they would conduct further research this season, but the findings coincide with other work done, he said.
Influenza and other respiratory viruses will be circulating this winter, said Prof. Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, and the flu kills between 4,000 and 22,000 people each year – last year the death toll was 8,000.
“The last thing you really want to have is the flu. And if you really think you have either the flu or Kovid, stay home and isolate yourself to protect yourself – you’ll feel very unhappy – but also to protect others, “Doyle said.
There was some evidence that influenza and other viruses competed with each other. In the coinfection study, those who had the flu were less likely to get Covid. But this is not the year to see what will prevail, Doyle said.
“If you get both, you have serious problems, and the people who are most likely to get both of these infections may be the people who can least afford it in terms of their own immune system or the risk of serious outcomes. . So please protect yourself against the flu this year. “
The government has purchased 30,000 doses of flu vaccine, more than ever. They will arrive in batches, so adults – over 65 – and those with medical conditions will be called up for immunization first. Relatives of those on the protection list will also be called. The letters will start coming out this week.
Because of the threat from Covid and the risk of people getting the flu if they are admitted to hospital, everyone between the ages of 50 and 64 will be offered a flu shot, but not immediately. They must wait to be called by their GP.
Children aged two and three, as well as all children in primary school and those in the seventh year, the first year of secondary school, will be vaccinated to protect the elderly in their family. Officials hope that all health and social workers will be vaccinated this year – last year 74.3% accepted the offer. Only 44.9% of the “risk” groups had the flu vaccination last year. We hope to reach 75% this year.