The approaching flu season risks flooding doctors and hospitals with Covid-19 patient, sparking intense efforts to get people vaccinated for the flu.
Both the new coronavirus and the seasonal flu virus are capable of spreading in the fall and winter, and cause more sick patients to visit doctors’ offices and hospitals that are struggling to treat Covid infections- 19, health and industry officials said.
To reduce pressure, drug makers including AstraZeneca PLC, GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Sanofi SA are making about 200 million flu shots this year to ship to doctors, hospitals and pharmacies, up 13 percent. compared to last year and is a record, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The federal government is also launching a campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated, while drug manufacturers and pharmacies are exploring new ways to ensure more people get vaccinated, like getting a flu shot right away. roadside.
Dr. Leonard Friedland, Glaxo̵7;s director of public health and science, said: “We don’t want the healthcare system to be overwhelmed, said last month the company started its campaign. transferred about 50 million flu doses, up 10% from a year ago.