Tag: Twindemic

By iwano@_84

Denver Officials Warn Of Spike In Coronavirus Cases, ‘Twindemic’

DENVER, CO — Denver has seen a recent spike in coronavirus cases and the city is at risk of increased restrictions, Mayor Michael Hancock and one of the city’s top public health officials said in a news conference Monday.

More than 1,000 new cases have been reported in the city over the past week, according to the latest public health data.

Robert McDonald, the executive director of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, said the city’s case count is at its highest level since May during the peak of the initial surge.

If case numbers continue to grow, restaurants could face reduced capacities and an earlier last call for alcohol sales. Non-critical manufacturing businesses, offices and shops could also face reduced capacities.

McDonald also warned of what health officials dubbed a ‘twindemic’ — when both flu and coronavirus cases peak at the same time and overwhelm hospitals. Everyone

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‘Twindemic’ test: Massachusetts, many colleges mandate winter flu shots

“This is a brave new experiment by the state of Massachusetts,” said Lawrence Gostin, who heads a university-based center on health law that serves as an official collaborating institute with the World Health Organization. “If it turns out to be a wholesale success, that should influence other states to go a similar route, not just with flu but with other vaccines. But if it causes a backlash and only marginal benefit, states might be hesitant to adopt that model in the future.”

In New Jersey, Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill in the state Legislature late last month that would mandate flu shots for kids in preschool through college. Vermont public health officials also have been considering a vaccine order of their own.

Early evidence suggests the pandemic is widening a nationwide vaccination gap. Preliminary data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show vaccination rates for typically given shots

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Don’t be part of the ‘twindemic.’ Get a flu shot

Patricia Martin receives a drive-through flu vaccine at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. <span class="copyright">(Mike Simons / Tusla World )</span>
Patricia Martin receives a drive-through flu vaccine at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. (Mike Simons / Tusla World )

On Tuesday, I biked over to the local Kaiser clinic to get my flu shot. I get one every year, but never this early.

I usually wait until the autumn heat wanes and Southern California’s version of winter settles in, pushing people and gatherings inside where viruses spread more easily. This year, waiting for winter to get a flu shot seemed as risky as waiting for Nov. 3 to vote. I’ve had the flu. It’s not an experience I wish to repeat — especially if there’s a possibility of suffering from both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

And in 2020 it is a possibility. This year’s flu season is coinciding with what appears to be the start of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Reported cases of COVID-19 in

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Twindemic fears increase flu vaccine demand and trigger shortages in Europe

Major pharmacies have halted flu shot appointments. Doctors’ offices are putting people on waiting lists — or telling them to call back in December. Although the government has urged calm and said more supplies are on the way, a survey of general practitioners in Britain found that only a quarter expect to have enough flu vaccine to last the winter. 

The story is similar in many countries across Europe. As coronavirus cases rise, urgings from public health officials about the need to avoid a “twindemic” has upped demand for flu vaccines — and, in some places, triggered shortages. Governments are rationing flu shots to those most vulnerable, while they scramble for supplies.

In a limited way, it’s a trial run of what governments may face if and when coronavirus vaccines are available. It may also be an early indication that, even in countries traditionally skeptical of vaccines, large swaths of

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Health officials urge Americans to get flu vaccine as concerns mount over possible ‘twindemic’

During the annual Influenza/Pneumococcal Disease news conference on Thursday, hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, public health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, urged the public to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation for everyone to get vaccinated against flu.

“Everybody, 6 months of age or older, should get an annual flu vaccine,” asserted Fauci.

“Influenza, all by itself, is a profoundly serious viral infection, which causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year, with the major complication being pneumonia, and many thousands of deaths,” Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told ABC News.

Only

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With ‘Twindemic’ Looming, 2 out of 5 Americans Plan to Skip Flu Shot | Health News

By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay)

THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Despite a potential looming “twindemic” of influenza and COVID-19, about 2 in 5 U.S. adults do not plan to get a flu shot, a new survey shows.

Only 59% of adults surveyed said they will get the influenza vaccine during the 2020-2021 flu season, according to results released Thursday by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

That’s up slightly from the 52% who planned to get a flu shot in 2019, but nowhere near enough to stave off the potential for overlapping flu and COVID-19 epidemics, said Dr. William Schaffner, the NFID’s medical director.

“We in the infectious disease community have been talking about a potentially ‘double-barreled’ respiratory virus season, when flu and COVID-19 converge,” Schaffner said. “There’s a real risk that even if we only have a moderate flu season, we could be in for a

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High Demand for Flu Shots? Experts Hope to Avoid ‘Twindemic’ | Business News

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

October is prime time for flu vaccinations, and the U.S. and Europe are gearing up for what experts hope is high demand as countries seek to avoid a “twindemic” with COVID-19.

“Take flu out of the equation this fall,” said Dr. Daniel Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A record number of flu vaccine doses are on the way, between 194 million and 198 million for the U.S. alone — seemingly plenty considering last year just under half of adults got vaccinated and there usually are leftovers.

Still, there’s no way to know how many will seek shots this year and some people occasionally are finding drugstores or clinics temporarily out of stock.

Be patient: Flu vaccine ships gradually, in batches, and the CDC and manufacturers say more is in transit.

“This year I think everyone is wanting to get

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