The UK may face a very difficult flu season, warned British Health Minister Sajid Javid. In his opinion, due to the restrictions introduced in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, people have much less immunity. – And we know that in some years, in a bad flu season, how terrible it can be – warned the head of the ministry. He added that the government was preparing to launch the largest flu vaccination program in his country’s history.
Speaking to Sky News, UK Health Minister Sajid Javid said the government was preparing to launch the largest flu vaccination program in UK history and stressed that for people over the age of 50 “getting vaccinated against the flu will be as important as getting vaccinated.” against covid “.
“Autumn is not only covid”
In July, the British government announced that a record number of over 35 million people would be entitled to the free flu vaccine this winter. Presenting these plans, the ministry of health acknowledged that “it is possible that the level of flu this winter will be higher.”
– Winter and autumn are not only covid who likes this part of the year – they are also other viruses – said Javid, explaining that an equally important element of protecting human health as preparing for the third – booster – dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is the vaccination program against flu.
– Why am I worried about this? Because last year, due to all the restrictions that were put in place, we didn’t have too many flu cases. Which means there is far less immunity to the flu than usual. And we know that in some years, in a bad flu season, how terrible it can be, said the Minister of Health.
So, in addition to continuing with our covid immunization program, we will have the largest flu vaccination program ever – and I would tell those people who listen, and certainly those over 50, that getting the flu vaccine will be just as important, like covid vaccines, emphasized Sajid Javid.
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