Belgium has taken the lead by ordering 800,000 additional doses of the flu vaccine.
COn Thursday, the Superior Health Council (CSS) should submit a report to the corona police station concerning the possibility of administering a third dose to seniors at once against the coronavirus and the flu vaccine.
Indeed, the flu virus disappeared from radar a year ago but could make a comeback and at the same time overload hospitals. Belgium has taken the lead by ordering 800,000 additional doses of the flu vaccine. According to virologist Steven Van Gucht, “Each year, it is estimated that between 5% and 10% of the population is affected by this influenza virus. But in 2020, the flu did not circulate. This also means that, unlike in other years, there was no stimulation of our immune system against the virus ”.
Three possible scenarios
Either a winter without the flu, as was the case in 2020, or a delayed return of the flu due to the lack of stimulation of our immune system for a year and a half. Finally, a last more “disaster” scenario would be that another more virulent strain sets in to trigger a new pandemic. This last scenario, Steven Van Gucht hardly believes in it since it did not really circulate.