Doctor calls for inoculation of both COVID-19 and seasonal flu to lower the severity once infected.
Presenter: In view of the recent new outbreaks, medical experts suggest that serology tests, as well as PCR tests should be conducted in order to better trace the source of infection.
The cluster infection at a kindergarten in New Taipei City continues to escalate. Five more confirmed cases were reported on Tuesday, Sept. 7, including two students and three parents. Infectious disease expert Huang Li-min said that a serology test should also be conducted on top of a PCR test to better trace the source of infection.
Huang Li-min, Honorary Chair, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan:” If there is an unvaccinated parent who received a positive antibody test result and doesn't have the virus currently, you should ask whether he or she has experienced any discomfort two or three weeks ago. Try to refresh his or her memory, maybe he or she went through COVID earlier.”
Currently, children aged 12 and below cannot receive a COVID vaccination, but they can get a flu shot. The latest medical findings from the U.K. discovered that the death rate becomes two times higher if the patient contracts both the coronavirus and the flu virus. Therefore, both parents and children are encouraged to get their flu shots as the flu season starts in October.
Chiu, Cheng-hsun, Dep. Supt., Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital:” The seasonal flu may become another epidemic if people choose not to receive their flu shots. Young people, the elders, and those who suffer from chronic diseases may suffer from severe illness if they get the flu or COVID.”
Doctors say that getting flu shots would not only prevent getting the flu but also lower the severity of COVID and prevent getting hospitalized for COVID. The Central Epidemic Command Center says the government's annual free flu vaccination program starts on October 1. Citizens are advised to wait at least 7 days in between getting a flu vaccination and COVID vaccination. This is to avoid any cross-reactions and to better determine adverse reactions from COVID vaccinations if any.