Australians are concerned about getting a double infection with Influenza and COVID-19, with 62% of people stating they want to get vaccinated.
The Immunisation Coalition released data from their Annual Influenza Consumer Survey.
“Coronavirus and influenza are both dangerous on their own, but we now have two viruses that lead to respiratory infections spreading at once,” says Dr Rod Pearce, Chairman of the Immunisation Coalition.
“We support the position of the RACGP and Minister Hunt’s call to book the influenza vaccination now.”
The survey data shows that 70% of people intend to get the flu shot “as soon as possible” or in April, (IC Consumer survey 2020).
CEO of the Immunisation Coalition, Kim Sampson explains that while self-isolation helps, it is not a perfect strategy to remain completely healthy.
“The last thing people want is an infection of both viruses, so vaccination against influenza should be a priority.”
Physical distancing in Vaccination Clinics will be at play
“The Immunisation Coalition will work with GPs and PHNs to share best practice models for orderly and safe vaccination clinics,” explains Dr Pearce.
However, it’s important to remind patients that the influenza vaccine is not a vaccine for COVID-19.