Autumn has arrived, it is cold and raining outside and the flu season, which lasts until mid-May, has started on time. But this fall we must not only protect ourselves from the flu, but also from the corona virus.
Not only experts, but also Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn recommend getting vaccinated against the flu this year. For more advice, we asked the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (gsk) who should get the flu shot, when and what happens if there is a double infection with the coronavirus and the flu.
Who should get vaccinated?
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) Standing Vaccination Committee (STIKO) currently recommends seasonal influenza vaccination for the elderly over 60, people with underlying chronic illnesses, pregnant women (from the second trimester ), residents in retirement and nursing homes and medical personnel and professional groups who have many human contacts.
What is the best time to get vaccinated?
According to the Robert Koch Institute, it takes ten to 14 days for the vaccination to fully develop. To be protected in time, the Federal Center for Health Education recommends getting vaccinated against the flu in October or November.
If the vaccination is skipped during this period, you can remedy it in December and at the beginning or during the course of the flu epidemic. Depending on the vaccine, immune protection lasts six to a maximum of twelve months, but it also decreases over time. Another argument in favor of vaccination: those who have been vaccinated against the flu also protect others from getting the flu.
Does the flu increase the risk of contracting the coronavirus?
Theoretically, according to gsk, a double infection can occur, which can be an even greater burden on the human body than any single infection. A double infection with both pathogens increases the risk of becoming seriously ill and also the risk of dying from the disease.