Australia Coronavirus: Does a flu shot increase the risk of getting Covid-19?

17:25  07 april  2020
17:25  07 april  2020 Source:   fitforfun.de

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While the world is waiting for a vaccine against the new coronavirus , opponents of vaccination are trying to capitalize on the crisis.

Latest example: the German doctor and author Ruediger Dahlke.


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This assessment is wrong.


Influenza expert Jonathan Van-Tam holds the position of "Deputy Chief Medical Officer" in England. He was interviewed on the BBC Breakfast on March 17.

When asked which parts of society should see themselves as high-risk groups for Covid-19, Van-Tam replied: It was primarily those who were offered flu vaccination by the state, with the exception of children.

In the UK, flu shots are free for certain risk groups. This includes, for example, people aged 65 and over or with certain previous illnesses.

Van-Tam's assignment thus simplified describes those who are also considered risk groups for Covid-19.

Van-Tam explicitly said in the interview that there was a higher risk of developing Covid-19 because of a previous flu shot.

All the more, he did not claim that people who have been vaccinated against the flu have been placed in the same high-risk group as patients who have recently had an organ transplanted.

A spokeswoman for the English Ministry of Health confirmed to the German Press Agency that Van-Tam neither said nor meant this.

health authorities in several countries expressly recommend getting vaccinated against flu. In his podcast on the NDR, the virologist Christian Drosten said in March: "It is never harmful to get vaccinated against the flu."

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