Added benefit of COVID precautions: 'Pretty much non-existent' flu cases

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Christine Schuyler said the annual plan the Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department creates each year for flu prevention this year will include a component on COVID-19.

Millions of Americans typically count on employers to offer flu shots, usually in October. In the light of figures like these, a twindemic has the potential to cause chaos in hospitals.

Vicari said Covid might have also influenced people to get flu shots. The recommended time to get vaccinated is September or October. The United States' CDC has already announced that 194 to 198 million flu shots will be produced this year, as opposed to 175 million in 2019. Younger children in New York City, Rhode Island, and CT are already required to receive a flu shot before enrolling in many child care programs.

He told CGTN last week that so far the safety and efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine is still unknown, but "for the flu, at least we know it's safe and with some percentage of efficacy, and also because of the years, we know it works and the quality control is good".

"There's great interest in a COVID-19 vaccine and I think that's spilled over into interest in the influenza vaccine".

Many health care officials are warning Canadians to get the flu shot now.

Infectious disease experts warn that an easy flu season down under does not mean the United States will necessarily be as fortunate.

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The employment rate for men also stood at 96.6 per cent of its pre-pandemic rate, one per cent higher compared to that for women. Gains in August were largely concentrated in full-time work, which had been lagging behind gains in part-time employment.

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious diseases physician and medical director of the Special Pathogens Unit at Boston Medical Center, said many people often don't realize that the flu shot doesn't confer immediate protection, that your body needs a few weeks to build up the immunity afterward. The vaccine is typically found to be 40 percent to 60 percent effective in preventing illness.

This year's flu vaccine is the quadrivalent vaccine and is created to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A (H1N1) viruses and two influenza B viruses.

Of the COVID-19 patients, about 17% ended up needing hospitalization, including almost 6% who were admitted to the ICU and 3% who were put on ventilators.

"Many of the physical distancing and public health measures that have been put in place, which keeps people apart, may have actually played a role in reducing circulation of the [coronavirus]", said Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization's Covid-19 technical lead. "We always emphasize early recognition and early isolation with COVID".

There are some concerns that - if given too early - a flu shot's protection will wear off in older patients with less robust immune systems.

More patients hospitalized with COVID-19 than those with seasonal influenza also reported sore throat or congestion (22 per cent versus 20 per cent) and shortness of breath (30 per cent versus 20 per cent), but the differences were "not statistically significant", according to the study.

Vaccine experts estimate that the number of flu vaccine in the market will be doubled compared with that of a year ago (20.83 million doses).

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