10,000 new coronavirus cases, lowest in 10 weeks… Flu vaccination from tomorrow

Corona decline after Chuseok
Severe severity is about 500 people, ‘concern’
Flu vaccine, free for children and the elderly

▲ Citizens stand in line at the screening center of the Mapo-gu Public Health Center in Seoul on the morning of the 19th, waiting for the order of tests. On the same day, 19,407 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded, the lowest in 10 weeks. 2022.9.19 Yonhap News

The number of new COVID-19 cases fell to 10,000 on the 19th. The number of new cases confirmed today was 19,407, the lowest in 10 weeks since July 11. Compared to the last 12 days (36,923 people) a week ago, there were 17,516 fewer people.

Even after the Chuseok holiday without social distancing, the decline continues, but the number of patients with severe cases is still around 500. When the number of new confirmed cases drops, it is common for a number the serious cases decreased with a delay of 1 to 2 weeks, but from 00:00 on that day, the number of cases with serious cases rose to 508 from the previous day (489). In this situation, there are concerns that the burden on the medical system could increase if the flu epidemic becomes full-blown. The National Infectious Disease Emergency Response Advisory Committee held its fifth meeting on the same day and ordered that the flu monitoring system be strengthened and preparations accelerated to support the prescribing of flu vaccines and antiviral drugs.

Vaccination starts on the 21st. Children between 6 months and under 9 years who get the flu vaccine for the first time in their lives (subject to two doses) are the first to get the vaccine. From the 5th of next month, children between 6 months and 13 years old and pregnant women who get one dose of the vaccine will start. Vaccination for the elderly (over 65 years old) will be implemented in stages from the 12th of next month. Those over 75 years old are vaccinated on the 12th, 70-74 years old on the 17th, and those 65-69 years old on the 20th.

Young people who are not eligible for the national flu vaccination support can be vaccinated at a sent medical facility for a fee. The most common adverse reactions after vaccination are redness and pain at the injection site. It occurs in 15-20% of vaccinated people, but most disappear within 1 to 2 days. If an adverse reaction occurs after vaccination and medical costs are incurred in a subject of the National Vaccination Support Project, damage compensation can be applied for within 5 years through the competent public health centre, and if causation is recognised, damage can be compensated. was obtained.

Nationally eligible children with egg anaphylaxis or severe egg allergy can be vaccinated with cell-cultured influenza vaccine by visiting public health centers and accredited medical institutions designated by states from the 5th of the next month with a doctor’s note or medical certificate.

Meanwhile, the Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee continued the discussion on easing the indoor mask requirement, and proposed the creation of socio-economic indicators to monitor the spread of infectious diseases and the impact of quarantine policies.

Reporter Lee Hyun-jung

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