Russian doctors are ready to fight back influenza and COVID-19 at the same time

As reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta , Rospotrebnadzor has extended the sanitary rules for the operation of kindergartens and schools in the context of the spread of coronavirus until 2022. These rules prohibit the holding of mass events with the participation of various groups of persons (group cells, classes, detachments, etc.) and mass events with the involvement of persons from other organizations.


Experts have repeatedly expressed concern that a wave of influenza should soon join the wave of coronavirus infection. However, Rospotrebnadzor notes with reference to the World Health Organization (WHO), the activity of influenza viruses in the countries of the European Region currently remains at the interepidemic level.


In Russia, according to statistics for the first week of December and the previous weeks, the incidence of acute respiratory viral infections (ARVI), caused by respiratory viruses of non-influenza etiology, continues to be recorded. These are parainfluenza viruses, adenoviruses, RS viruses and other respiratory viruses. In the total population, the epidemic thresholds for the incidence of ARVI have been exceeded in 42 regions of Russia, mainly among the adult population, according to the reports of Rospotrebnadzor.

As for the flu, doctors propose to fight it with the help of vaccination. In the current epidemic season, they plan to vaccinate up to 60% of Russians (now the figure is 49.9%). Russia has launched the production of a quadrivalent vaccine that protects against four strains of the influenza virus at once; vaccinated before December 15.


Rostec head Oleg Yevtushenko commented: “This winter, Russia, like other countries, may face the circulation of two respiratory viruses at once - influenza and COVID-19. was available only to people at risk, the Russians had the opportunity to get vaccinated free of charge under the compulsory medical insurance policy.In three stages - from August to early December - Rostec transferred 75.6 million doses of influenza vaccines to the country's medical institutions, of which 19 million doses for children, and also ensured the supply of at least 4.5 million vaccines for additional orders. "