Seasonal influenza vaccination during a pandemic

Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2020 Sep 1;16(9):2219-2221. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2020.1793713. Epub 2020 Jul 31.

Abstract

In the Northern Hemisphere, the persistence or reemergence of coronavirus circulation into the 2020-2021 influenza season threatens to overwhelm health-care resources and systems and increase mortality and morbidity. Data from Australia show that stay-at-home policies have reduced both influenza and coronavirus cases early in the season, thus "flattening the curve." However, influenza vaccination is critical to ensure the reduction in co-infection. Several policies, such as vaccination strategies to accommodate physical distancing measures, change population recommendations, and timing and location of vaccination have been implemented to increase influenza vaccine uptake during the pandemic. This commentary explores those policies.

Keywords: Influenza; pandemic; vaccine.

MeSH terms

  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Betacoronavirus
  • Communication
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Health Planning
  • Humans
  • Influenza Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Influenza Vaccines / supply & distribution
  • Influenza, Human / epidemiology
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control*
  • Mass Vaccination* / methods
  • Mass Vaccination* / organization & administration
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Seasons

Substances

  • Influenza Vaccines

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2