Flu: Why we still need to worry about it this winter

Flu: Why we still need to worry about it this winter. GETTY IMAGES Health officials are trying to make sure everyone who needs a flu vaccine this autumn gets one. Thirty million people will be offered the vaccine - the UK's largest flu-immunisation programme to date. The fear is the annual flu season will coincide with a coronavirus surge. How can I get a flu jab? The NHS offers the flu vaccine via your GP or your local pharmacy. This year, the free vaccination is being [...]

Flu and Covid-19 at same time significantly increases risk of death

Flu and Covid-19 at same time significantly increases risk of death UK scientists warn co-infection is ‘serious trouble’ and urge those at risk to get flu vaccine Having flu and Covid-19 together significantly increases your risk of death, say government scientists who are urging all those at risk of getting or transmitting flu to get the vaccine in the coming weeks and months. The evidence for the double whammy is currently limited and comes mostly from a study with small numbers – [...]

Coronavirus: People who get flu and coronavirus will be in ‘serious trouble’, top health expert warns

Coronavirus: People who get flu and coronavirus will be in 'serious trouble', top health expert warns Figures from early in the pandemic suggest 43% suffering from co-infection died, compared with 27% of those who only had COVID. Officials have warned people who get coronavirus and flu at the same time are in 'serious trouble' People who are infected with both coronavirus and flu have a serious increased risk of death, Public Health England has warned. A study performed during the first wave of [...]

Coronavirus: ‘A test the government must pass’ – ministers urged to prioritise testing in schools

Coronavirus: 'A test the government must pass' - ministers urged to prioritise testing in schools "There comes a point when you can't run a school because there aren't enough staff," a leading children's advocate says. The achievement of schools reopening is at risk, Anne Longfield has warned The coronavirus testing regime must be improved or the government risks "throwing away" the progress made by reopening schools, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned. Anne Longfield has called it a test ministers "cannot afford [...]

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission's report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that’s a misinterpretation of their conclusion that much remains to be done to safeguard vulnerable residents. People in long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the [...]