Australia’s season simply ended, inflicting 300 deaths and round 1,700 hospitalizations. Due to this, docs within the U.S. are frightened a couple of more difficult flu season within the nation this fall.
For Kencee Graves, an affiliate professor of inside drugs and chief medical officer for inpatient well being on the College of Utah Well being, there’s a lot to be realized from what occurred in Australia not too long ago, KSL.com reported.
The Down Below witnessed a big enhance on this yr’s flu season for the reason that nation didn’t document influenza deaths and solely noticed a handful of hospitalizations within the earlier yr. Given the fivefold enhance in critical circumstances and deaths in Australia, it’s not arduous to think about what may very well be coming for the U.S. this flu season.
“That’s what makes us within the U.S. a bit of involved about how extreme this flu season may very well be,” Graves stated.
Docs suggest getting the up to date flu vaccines in September or October, earlier than Halloween, for the reason that flu season begins in October and lasts till March.
Other than the necessity to get up to date flu vaccines, the nation ought to proceed its efforts to comprise COVID-19. Although the pandemic is not on the similar degree it was a yr or two in the past, the virus continues to be a trigger for concern in lots of locations.
Final yr, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) issued its steering, saying that the administration of the flu and different vaccines together with the COVID-19 jabs may very well be executed “with out regard or timing.” This meant simultaneous allotting of the 2 vaccines within the human physique was allowed.
Graves reiterated the identical factor for this yr’s flu season, saying it’s OK to get the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine on the similar time. Nonetheless, those that had a extreme vaccine response prior to now are suggested to get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at totally different occasions.
Dr. Hannah Imlay, an assistant professor of inside drugs within the Division of Infectious Illnesses on the College of Utah Well being, stated it’s additionally essential to get the up to date boosters for the reason that earlier ones have been for the unique pressure of SARS-CoV-2.
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