The world is still waiting for a vaccine against the emerging corona virus, which causes the Covid-19 epidemic, amid fears of an increase in infected people with the arrival of autumn, especially since many people also contract seasonal influenza, which means that hospitals may become under terrible pressure, in many countries.
Russia recently announced the official registration of an anti-Coronavirus vaccine, but Moscow’s move was met with international doubts due to the failure to complete the required clinical trials, but dozens of other vaccines in the world have reached final and advanced stages, and are likely to be ready before the end of this year.
According to the “New York Times” newspaper, a number of health experts in the world are advising to take the seasonal influenza vaccine, this year, in order to avoid infection, especially since it is available for a long time, according to Sky News Arabia
Seasonal influenza leads to a deterioration in the health of many, every year, and some infected people die as a result of this seemingly simple disease. Therefore, it is better for people to take the vaccine in the current year, so that the focus remains on epidemic patients.
The American newspaper reported that if there was a severe wave of seasonal influenza, this could lead to what could be called a “twin epidemic”; That is, Covid-19 disease coincides with seasonal influenza.
Health officials in a number of countries of the world recommend that the influenza vaccine be taken at an early date, that is, before it becomes available in hospitals and clinics.
In this context, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, urged the heads of companies to move and find a way to give the vaccine to employees.
And this American health institution used to buy 500 thousand doses of seasonal influenza vaccine each year in order to give it to adults who do not have insurance, but this year, the American centers acquired 9.3 million additional doses.
In turn, the director of the American National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, advised taking the seasonal flu vaccine, because this matter helps to avoid at least one of the two respiratory diseases.
In the same vein, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, last July stressed the importance of vaccines, describing people who reject them as fools, and announced the largest vaccination campaign in the country.
In the United States, health institutions and medical schools rarely impose seasonal influenza vaccinations on students and their workers, but this August, the University of California confirmed that all its staff and students must receive a vaccine, by early November.
Seasonal influenza in many countries leads to overcrowding in hospitals, as well as the entry of a number of patients to the care departments due to symptoms such as high body temperature, headache, cough, sore throat, a thousand joints and fatigue.
And in the event that people contract seasonal influenza, they may be affected more by the Corona virus, according to researchers, amid fears that health systems will be unable to face two virus outbreaks at the same time.
The estimates of the American Centers indicate that the seasonal flu wave in 2020-2019 was mild in the United States, but this “moderate” wave did not pass without damage, because the number of infected people ranged between 39 and 56 million, while 740 thousand people entered the hospital, while it ranged. The number of deaths ranges between 24 and 62 thousand.
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