Health Experts Warn a Flu-COVID ‘Collision’ is Coming

June 25, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce, Health and Wellness

Last modified June 26, 2020

Public health and infectious disease experts warn that the United States needs to increase its influenza vaccination rate substantially this fall to mitigate a potentially deadly combination of seasonal influenza with an anticipated second wave of COVID-19.

“When you have a collision of these two things happening at the same time, I think we’re going to be in real trouble,” Rochelle Walensky, MD, chief of the infectious diseases division at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, told Medscape Medical News.

Walensky noted that about 45% to 50% of people get a flu vaccine in any given flu season. While a COVID vaccine is also needed, she said, increased uptake of the flu vaccine is imperative. “We need to do a massive vaccine campaign because that’s something we can do something about in terms of prevention,” she noted.

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