Australia Coronavirus: Does a flu shot increase the risk of getting Covid-19?
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A German doctor claims that anyone who is vaccinated against the flu has an increased risk of contracting the lung disease Covid-19, which is caused by the coronavirus - and thereby fuels fears. But experts are sure that this claim is simply wrong.
While the world is waiting for a vaccine against the new, opponents of vaccination are trying to capitalize on the crisis.
Latest example: the German doctor and author Ruediger Dahlke.claim
When it comes to the risk of coronary lung disease Covid-19, flu-vaccinated people over 65 years of age would be on the same level as "newly transplanted" and "seriously cancerous" people, according to the British government, according to Dahlke.
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This assessment is wrong.Facts
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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