Doctors stress flu vaccine is important, especially in the era of Covid-19 The study also revealed that the flu vaccine may help reduce the severity and reduce the death rate from COVID-19.
Covid-19 pandemic situation wide-ranging impact new infection rate found and continued mortality rates Moreover, entering the rainy season of Thailand This creates more concern for medical personnel and the public. This is because it is the time when influenza epidemics are often found that can spread to the general public as well as COVID-19. and if infected together (Co-infection) from both influenza and the COVID-19 virus It will cause severe symptoms. and increasing the likelihood of death even more
Foundation for the Promotion of Influenza Education therefore held a seminar “Influenza vaccination … in the era of COVID-19” with experts and medical professionals from government agencies to share the correct knowledge The importance of the flu vaccine Including interesting new research studies during the COVID-19 outbreak. that significantly supports the value of the influenza vaccine. It was found that the flu vaccine reduces the severity of COVID-19. Including reducing the death of Covid-19 patients, which is considered a good sign in helping patients with COVID-19 Amid the anxiety of the people in the Covid-19 era like today
Assoc. Prof. (Special) Dr. Tawee Chotiphitayasunont President of the Foundation for the Promotion of Influenza Education and President of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Association of Thailand Revealing the data of the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that every year 500 to 1 billion people are infected with influenza a year, and about 3-5 million people with severe influenza occur around the world. The death toll is from 290,000 to 650,000 people per year, most of which tend to occur in the elderly aged 65 years and under and children under 5 years of age, while most Thai people still understand that influenza is not a disease. severe Therefore, they do not pay much attention to vaccination. but in fact Being sick with influenza has a higher risk of death, especially in the seven risk groups for severe disease. Reduce the rate of complications Reduce the death rate from influenza Including reducing the rate of hospitalization and hospitalization in the emergency room
During this time of the Covid-19 epidemic, the United States has tried to spray the flu vaccine even more. to cut off the enemy to one side In theory, the flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19. But it is believed to have an indirect stimulation of the body’s immune system. That’s why it’s important to get the flu vaccination. to help preserve healthcare workers who are important resources in times of crisis At least it reduces the burden of being sick with the flu. in order to cope with COVID-19 At the same time, the patients themselves reduced their confusion and anxiety from similar symptoms. It also reduces the incidence of common diseases. (Co-infection) from both the influenza virus and the COVID-19 virus.
In addition, there are research results in the period 2020-2021 of the COVID-19 outbreak. The United States has analyzed the relationship between influenza vaccination coverage. in patients aged 65 and over and the number of deaths from COVID-19 infections in the United States Between January 22 and June 10, 2020 (according to data published by the US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health), every 10% increase in influenza vaccination coverage was found to reduce mortality from infected with COVID-19 up to 28%
While Brazil has studied the relationship of influenza vaccination. The severity of COVID-19 and the mortality rate of COVID-19 patients in brazil (Based on the August 2021 BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine article) compares the mortality of approximately 50,000 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Brazil. Between January 1 – June 23, 2021 by a comparative study in 2 groups: 1. COVID-19 patients who have had influenza vaccination in the past 1-3 months and 2. Covid-19 patients not vaccinated against influenza The results showed that influenza vaccination in patients with COVID-19 It reduced the rate of sleep in the intensive care unit by 7%, the rate of ventilator-required patients by 17%, and the death rate by 16%2. influenza vaccination It can help reduce the severity and reduce the death rate from Covid-19.
Prof. Dr. Teeraphong Tantawichian, Head of the Department of Medicine Chulalongkorn University and Assistant Director of the Saovabha Memorial Institute, the Thai Red Cross Society, said that during the Covid-19 epidemic As a result, the incidence of influenza patients has decreased worldwide. May be caused by wearing a mask home detention and creating social distance Which most people often have questions about whether they still need to get the flu vaccination or not. The answer is that it is very necessary. There are many different studies that indicate that ‘The flu vaccine is extremely important. Especially during the COVID-19 outbreak, and if influenza is infected and has symptoms, it must be treated like a COVID-19 patient. Because the initial symptoms are not different. Moreover, both coronavirus and influenza infection can be infected together. which will make the illness more severe longer hospital stays especially in those with risk factors such as the elderly and people with underlying diseases, etc.
With the current situation of influenza infection in Thailand, it can be found at any age. Most cases are in children aged 0-4 years, followed by children 5-14 years old, while in Thailand there is no vaccination measure against COVID-19. For children under 12 years old, it is recommended that parents take their children to get the flu vaccine first. To reduce the risk of co-infection with both the influenza virus and the COVID-19 virus. because it will intensify the severity of the disease The same is true for the elderly aged 65 years and over, and those with congenital diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, liver disease, and people with impaired immune systems. People receiving immunosuppressants are also required to have a yearly influenza vaccination. This is because the death rate from influenza is higher than in healthy adults. At the same time, they should also be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends the timing of COVID-19 vaccinations. and other vaccines on the same day But Thailand experts recommend vaccination against COVID-19. You should stay away from the flu vaccine. or other vaccines for 14 days in order to avoid side effects of the two vaccines that may overlap. The National Health Security Office (NHSO) has extended the period of influenza vaccination service for 3 strains for 7 risk groups, including additional personnel or workers who provide care for COVID-19 patients. 19 and groups in slums and schools of all ages free of charge until December 31, 2021, which is a very effective vaccine. Covering all species that have an outbreak in Thailand. There are 3 types of guidelines for getting vaccinated: influenza vaccination before covid-19 vaccination, influenza vaccination during coviral-19 vaccination or influenza vaccination after coviral-19 vaccination.
However, doctors recommend that the general public Especially at risk groups should be vaccinated against influenza annually. Currently, there are three strains of influenza vaccine and four strains of influenza vaccine. The four strain vaccines can cover both strains of B virus, namely A, both H1N1 and H3N2 strains, and the line. Both the Victoria and Yamagata B variants have increased coverage of the pandemic influenza virus. This reduces the risk of illness and death better. Importantly, influenza vaccine research studies also help reduce the severity of COVID-19. and mortality rates from COVID-19 as well.