Those most at risk of having severe outcomes, when contracting the annual flu, are urged to also get their yearly flu vaccination.

According to the World Health Organization, people with underlying health conditions and the elderly, have more severe manifestations of influenza.

The WHO’s Director for Infectious Diseases Management, Dr. Sylvie Briand says getting the flu vaccination can help give patients better protection in the winter season.

Briand says the vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective.

Watch Briand’s full briefing here.

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With both flu and Covid-19 infections set to increase in the next few weeks, it is important to know which symptoms to look out for when falling ill this flu season.

The WHO’s Director for Infectious Diseases Management, Dr. Sylvie Briand warns that both diseases present similar symptoms which can confuse patients and leave them unsure of when to see their doctor or community nurse.

Briand says it is important to know the difference between the two viruses to ensure patients get proper and early treatment.

Watch Briand’s full interview here.

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says it expects to see an increase in the number of yearly flu cases being reported this coming flu season.

Professor Cheryl Cohen, from the NICD’s Centre for Respiratory Diseases, says the isolation caused by the Covid-19 lockdowns, have lead to a decrease in the number of people being exposed to the annual flu.

She says there has already been a high number of flu cases being reported, despite the warm weather.

Follow the latest updates by the NICD here.

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