WHO urges flu vaccination to avoid complicating response to COVID-19

By UN Mexico | September 18, 2020 at 1:55 pm

The World Health Organization is concerned about the levels of hospitalizations and admissions to the ICU for COVID19 in the Northern Hemisphere and underscores the importance of getting a flu vaccine this season.

The circulation of other respiratory pathogens will complicate the response and the testing system, because other diseases will have to be tested.

“The good news is that we have a flu vaccine. We emphasize the use of the influenza vaccine in the hemisphere. Please, we hope that there will be good use of the flu vaccine, "said Maria VanKerkhove, head of the coronavirus response technique.

The number of cases reported to the WHO has already exceeded 30 million. The Organization's head of emergencies, Michael Ryan, pointed out that the pandemic is not slowing down.

“This pandemic has a long way to go in our society. It's not exhausted, it's not going away. Especially in countries entering the winter season, where people are going to be indoors longer, there is a lot of work to be done to prevent events that amplify contagion, reduce transmission, protect the opening of schools and protect the most vulnerable to becoming seriously ill or dying. "