The upcoming flu season threatens to overwhelm doctors and hospitals plagued by Covid-19 patients, spurring major efforts to get people vaccinated against the flu.
Both the new coronavirus and the seasonal flu virus are likely to spread in the fall and winter, and send many more sick patients to doctors’ offices and hospitals already struggling to treat Covid-19 cases, officials say. health and industry.
To ease the pressure, drug manufacturers including AstraZeneca PLC, GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Sanofi SA are making about 200 million flu shots this year for deliveries to doctors, hospitals and pharmacies, up 13% from last year and a record, according to Centers of US Disease Control and Prevention.
The federal government is also launching a campaign encouraging people to take shots, while drug manufacturers and pharmacies are exploring new measures to ensure more people are vaccinated, such as providing flu shots.
“We do not want there to be an overload of the health care system,”; said Dr. Leonard Friedland, director of scientific affairs and public health for Glaxo, who last month began transporting about 50 million doses of flu, up 10% from a year ago.