A new influenza virus comes to us: doctors predict a severe course of the disease
Our flu season may start much earlier than usual. Not December, but already October.
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The flu, which has been circulating peacefully for the past two years, has increased this year due to the lockdown and mask practice. As we have already written, in Australia, where the influenza season starts six months earlier, the number of cases is much higher this year. In addition to the flu, there are also many flu-like viruses. School children and the elderly are seriously ill.
Not only that, but our flu season can also start very early like Australians: they usually start in summer, but this year it’s spring. Therefore, we are waiting for the flu in October, not in December. And everyone is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Rospotrebnadzor experts remind: you need to be vaccinated 3-4 weeks before the start of an increased incidence, so that the necessary immunity can be created.
Dangerous new strains are emerging
According to the press service of Rospotrebnadzor, new strains of influenza A / H3N and B subtypes can provoke an epidemic, which we have not yet discovered. This means that your immune system is not familiar with them and it is difficult to predict how it will react to them. And with the new strain, the already known, but less dangerous A/H1N1 will not circulate – the “swine” flu. He himself had contracted a very severe pneumonia with fatal consequences ten years ago.
And don’t forget that the coronavirus isn’t going anywhere and it’s easy to get infected with two viruses at the same time.
Nikolai Briko, head of the Department of Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine at Sechenov University, explains, “Co-infection with influenza and coronavirus leads to simultaneous infection of both infections. – This is the data of scientists from many countries. Double infection is dangerous: the clinical picture is more serious. Increased need for hospitalization, use of mechanical ventilation, increased mortality…
Therefore, it is very important to get vaccinated against the flu to protect yourself from the serious course of the disease and possible complications. However, the flu does not cause any less serious complications for the heart and lungs than the coronavirus.
“All Russian flu vaccines are effective and safe,” explains Rospotrebnadzor. “Every year its composition is reviewed according to WHO recommendations for the next epidemic season.”
Do I need to be vaccinated against Covid if I have flu season?
If necessary! – All experts interviewed respond with one voice.
“There is evidence that flu vaccination helps against SARS and even Covid-19. But that doesn’t mean it protects against infection, explains Nikolai Briko. – Influenza vaccine activates cellular immunity, so people vaccinated against influenza get sick ARVI 40-50% less often. Additionally, vaccination reduces death from heart attack and stroke.”
However, you still need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Important! If you have recently been vaccinated against the coronavirus, it is best to get a flu shot within a month. This will give you complete immunity. But if you have not yet had time for any vaccination, you can and should do both vaccinations at the same time: then the injections are given in different shoulders.
Who should be vaccinated first?
* If you have already had a severe flu and are suffering from its effects.
* If you are overweight and/or chronically ill.
* Children and students.
* Pregnant (the virus can cause serious complications in the fetus).
* Everyone who works with people (doctors, doctors, public transport drivers, etc.).
*People above 60 years of age.
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