In the middle of the second wave of coronavirus in Europe, a new study published in the United Kingdom suggests that patients who were co-infected with influenza and Covid-19 at the beginning of the pandemic suffered almost double the mortality than those who only contracted the coronavirus.
The study shows a 43% mortality rate for patients with double infection, flu and Covid, while 27% of those who only had Covid and 4.8% of those who only had the flu died.
As published British media, the study was conducted in critically ill hospitalized patients in the UK up to May. The health authorities of that country have now made it public to raise awareness of vaccination before the arrival of seasonal flu, ensuring that whoever is co-infected with both viruses this fall will have “serious problems.”
Experts warn that the flu can be particularly serious in older adults, very young children, and people with previous health problemssuch as COPD, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Who should get a flu shot?
In Spain, the Ministry of Health has launched the campaign “I get vaccinated. This year I make a difference” to reinforce the flu vaccination, which is ahead of the first half of October with the aim of avoiding an overload in a healthcare system saturated by the pandemic.
The bell will start with institutionalized elderly people and health center staff and social and health care to continue later with the rest of the priority groups.
Health seeks to avoid complications and deaths in vulnerable people and avoid an overload in the healthcare system due to the coexistence of the flu epidemic with the COVID-19 pandemic.
For this, the ministry has carried out an extraordinary purchase of 5 million doses of the vaccine against the flu and hopes to achieve greater vaccination coverage than in past years.
Children and flu
For its part, the Spanish Association of Pediatrics (AEP) recommends that children with respiratory or neurological sequelae from COVID-19 or other infections and illnesses get a flu shot.
The AEP considers the vaccine as the most effective preventive measure to avoid contracting the disease. Pediatricians point out in a statement that autumn is predictably going to be marked by COVID-19 and emphasize that the goal is to avoid co-infection by both viruses.
For AEP experts, the influenza vaccination of children older than 6 months, not included in risk groupsIt is also a recommended measure because it provides the least individual protection and favors family and community protection.