The specter of the “double epidemic” … Why should the flu vaccine be taken immediately?

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According to the newspaper "Financial Times"Efforts are being made in the medical community to ramp up vaccination, the goal being to avoid coincidence "Two pandemics" And the two respiratory diseases at the same time.

Health experts fear injuries will result With seasonal flu In the winter to confuse anti-Corona efforts and overburden health care systems, given the similarities of symptoms of this seasonal disease with "Covid 19".

But the bet is to vaccinate the largest number of people against Infection aThere are many obstacles to influenza. Most notably, there are insufficient doses in the market at this time, while some companies are working hard to ensure that health institutions are provided with what they need before the start of the winter season.

Germany has requested the supply of 26 million doses of influenza vaccine, in a preemptive step before the arrival of the winter, which is witnessing a usual increase in cases of seasonal illness.

The German Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, explained that his country had never requested such a large number of influenza vaccines, and the British government said that it aspires to vaccinate about 30 million people this year, double the number of people who took the vaccine in 2019.

And while Western governments are betting on an increase vaccination People are against influenza, say major companies specializing in the production of influenza vaccines such as "Secyros" And"Sanofi" And"GlaxoSmithKline" Global production of this medicinal product has only increased by 1 to 2 percent, while demand has increased dramatically.

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Scary scenario

A researcher in virology at the Norwegian University of Bergen, Rebecca Jenny, cautions that if the emerging corona virus disease that causes a disease "Covid 19" Accompanied by the flu, it could mean disaster.

In the same vein, sees a professor of epidemiology at the University "Whitewater ran" In South Africa, Sherrill Cohen, the possibility of two epidemics coinciding simultaneously is a cause for concern.

Earlier, the World Health Organization indicated that a number of countries in the world are experiencing difficulties in obtaining adequate doses of vaccination against influenza.

Turkey expects, for example, to receive 1.5 million doses of influenza vaccine during the current year, but this number is but sufficient, according to what was revealed by the pharmacists’ association in the country.

Some countries began vaccination campaigns against influenza in a manner described as draconian, while the matter was optional, and people rarely accepted it in the past.

Says John McCauley, director of the Influenza Center at the Institute "Creek" In London, it would be reckless for governments not to increase the number of vaccine doses against influenza during the current year, in light of the spread of Corona.

Figures issued by the University of Oxford indicate that the influenza vaccine has helped prevent between 15 and 52 percent of cases in Britain during the past five years.

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According to the “Financial Times” newspaper, efforts are being made in the medical community to intensify vaccination, and the goal is to avoid the coincidence of “epidemics” and the two respiratory diseases at the same time.

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Health experts fear injuries will result With seasonal flu In the winter, efforts to combat Corona and overburden health care systems, given the similarity of symptoms of this seasonal disease with “Covid 19”.

But the bet is to vaccinate the largest number of people against Infection aThere are many obstacles to influenza. Most notably, there are insufficient doses in the market at this time, while some companies are working hard to ensure that health institutions are provided with what they need before the start of the winter season.

Germany has requested the supply of 26 million doses of influenza vaccine, in a preemptive step before the arrival of the winter, which is witnessing a usual increase in cases of seasonal illness.

The German Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, explained that his country had never requested such a large number of influenza vaccines, and the British government said that it aspires to vaccinate about 30 million people this year, double the number of people who took the vaccine in 2019.

And while Western governments are betting on an increase vaccination People against influenza, major influenza vaccine production companies such as “Secyros”, “Sanofi” and “GlaxoSmithKline” say that global production of this medicinal product has only increased by 1 to 2 percent, while demand has increased tremendously. .

Scary scenario

Rebecca Jenny, a researcher in virology at the Norwegian University of Bergen, cautions that if the emerging corona virus disease that causes “Covid 19” disease is accompanied by influenza, this may mean a disaster.

Likewise, Sherrill Cohen, professor of epidemiology at the University of “Wet Water Sarand” in South Africa, believes that the possibility of two epidemics coinciding at the same time is a matter of concern.

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Earlier, the World Health Organization indicated that a number of countries in the world are experiencing difficulties in obtaining adequate doses of vaccination against influenza.

Turkey expects, for example, to receive 1.5 million doses of influenza vaccine during the current year, but this number is but sufficient, according to what was revealed by the pharmacists’ association in the country.

Some countries began vaccination campaigns against influenza in a manner described as draconian, while the matter was optional, and people rarely accepted it in the past.

John McCauley, director of the Influenza Center at the “Crick” Institute in London, believes that it would be reckless for governments not to increase the number of vaccine doses against influenza during the current year, in light of the spread of Corona.

Figures issued by the University of Oxford indicate that the influenza vaccine has helped prevent between 15 and 52 percent of cases in Britain during the past five years.

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