Influenza Vaccination: As per a report published by WHO (World Health Organization), the month of October has already marked the start of influenza in the entire northern hemisphere region.
To be precise, influenza activity has already started to increase in a number of countries. Looking into this, public health measures have been taken to reduce the COVID-19 transmission along with Influenza.
Please note that the co-circulation of influenza a SARS-CoV-2 viruses has raised the chances of more severe winter respiratory virus season.
One should be aware of Influenza so as to equip himself with all the precautionary measures. In all these years, influenza has become a serious disease.
Almost a billion people currently fall in prey of this condition annually. The figure includes up to 5 million severe cases and 290 000 to 650 000 deaths.
Due to influenza, a number of people become unwell. Children have to miss school because of runny nose, fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, and cough.
However, the cough can last for up to 2 weeks or longer. Those with underlying cardiovascular or metabolic conditions who fall into the vulnerable populations can become an easy target of Influenza.
In order to prevent influenza, vaccination is necessary. The vaccination helps to reduce disease mortality and severity.
As per WHO, there are specific group of people who need influenza vaccination the most.
These include pregnant women, children, older adults, individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions and more.
In addition to the above, WHO also considers the coadministration of a seasonal influenza vaccine along with any specific dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
The WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System has recently announced the recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2023 southern hemisphere influenza season.