In a statement published on 18 October, the Coaliton for Vaccination, where FEAM is an associate member, advises flu vaccination, especially for at-risk groups and healthcare professionals.
In 2020-21, the influenza activity in Europe remained at a low level throughout the flu season, due to various public health and social measures implemented to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2. However, it is expected that the seasonal influenza virus will circulate much more in the forthcoming winter, as social mixing and social contact now return in many European countries. In addition, because of the low incidence of flu last year, a lower level of natural population immunity against influenza is expected for the 2021-22 season, which could increase transmission and the burden of disease in people.
Therefore, European healthcare professionals highly recommend people, especially those belonging to an at-risk group, to adequately protect themselves from potential serious illness by getting an influenza vaccine also this year. Moreover, it is crucial that people maintain hygiene measures and avoid unnecessary physical crowding.
In order to secure sufficient protection against the influenza across Europe, the Coalition for Vaccination specifically reminds healthcare professionals to:
The Coalition for Vaccination also calls on the EU, national and regional health authorities to:
About the Coalition for Vaccination:
The Coalition for Vaccination brings together European associations of healthcare professionals and relevant student associations in the field. It was convened by the European Commission in 2019 with an aim to support delivering accurate information to the public, combating myths around vaccines and vaccination, and exchanging best practices on vaccination. More information about the Coalition for Vaccination can be found here.