With flu season just days away, experts are urging the community to get vaccinated as soon as possible because the disease could be more severe than in years past.
Emergency physician, Jose Ramón Toradas, indicated that there has been an increase in flu cases in regions of southern Australia as restrictions by COVID-19 are no longer as severe.
“We’ve been closed for several years and this is actually the first year we’re really open. I suspect there’s going to be more cases,” he explained.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during the 2018-2019 influenza season, the virus killed more than 27,000 people. However, during the pandemic, that number dropped to more than 7,000.
“By not talking more than being closed for several years, wearing so many masks reduces the risk of getting infected,” the doctor insisted.
However, Toradas warned that not being exposed to these diseases and not getting the relevant vaccines could leave the body more “vulnerable”.
“Influenza can attack anyone but it makes us very vulnerable to secondary infections and within influenza that is really dangerous. It is not always the virus itself, but it is the complications that develop from it, COVID Like,” he said.
There are two options for getting the flu shot this year. CDC recommends influenza vaccination for ages 6 months or older spray nose For those over two years old.