The influenza vaccine prepares the vaccine for the Corona virus (Covid-19)...

The influenza vaccine prepares the vaccine for the Corona virus (Covid-19)...
The influenza vaccine prepares the vaccine for the Corona virus (Covid-19)...
While the world waits for a proven vaccine For the emerging corona virus “Covid-19”, medical experts are turning their attention to the point that has long been a major component of the public health toolkit, and that is the “flu vaccine”.

Scientists hope that the flu vaccine this year will help prevent the spread of an influenza epidemic associated with another wave of the Corona virus, which can overwhelm hospitals and lead to general confusion, given that it may be difficult to know Covid-19 infection from the case of influenza.

Time magazine notes in its electronic version that the influenza season is a “dress rehearsal” for the final launch of the Covid-19 vaccine amid the ongoing pandemic, which gives doctors, nurses and pharmacists an opportunity to make more people receptive to the idea of ​​the vaccine, while also finding safe ways to vaccinate people without spreading the virus. Coronary.

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The American magazine quoted Daniel Salmon, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins University, that safe methods and environments must be found that take into account social distancing while vaccinating large numbers of people in a short time, and these are among the things that the pandemic is currently imposing.Dania says that there is no contradiction between the influenza vaccine and the Covid-19 vaccine, but receiving the first vaccine encourages people to receive the Coronavirus vaccine, at a time when the vast majority of people fear taking such a step, for fear of being exposed to the coronavirus, instead of preventing it. .

And the American scientist adds, that there is already data showing that people have mentally linked the flu vaccine with the coronavirus vaccine, indicating that if public health officials could urge more people to receive the first, then these same people may be more likely to get the vaccine. The last when it is available.

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Abram Wagner, a research assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan, recently conducted an unpublished survey of people from all over the world, including 881 Americans, on their vaccination plans.

And he found that Americans who had the flu in the previous year were 363% more likely to get a flu shot again this year, and most importantly, it found that those who received the flu vaccine during the last flu season were 63% more likely to plan to get Over the Covid-19 vaccine compared to those who did not.

Wagner says that some people did not find a problem receiving the flu vaccine, but they remained skeptical about the Covid-19 vaccine, after all, and that seems logical, since the flu vaccine – unlike the vaccines currently being developed for Covid-19 – was tested on For decades, although it usually changes each year to counteract the specific influenza viruses expected to circulate in a given season.

The flu season in the northern hemisphere has just begun, but there are some signs that the Covid-19 pandemic may push people more than usual to get a flu vaccine.

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In a survey conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases in the United States, last August, of 1,000 people, 28% of respondents said that the epidemic made them more likely to get the flu vaccine.

Overall, 59% of people plan to get a flu shot this season, according to the survey, compared to 52% last season.

Based on these statistics, and with regard to Covid-19, scientists believe that the vaccine against Covid-19 as soon as it becomes available, should reach a large and specific number of people, in order to be immune to Covid-19 in order to reach “herd immunity.”

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