Millions of people are being urged to have flu and Covid vaccines after experts said they were increasingly worried about a bad flu spike this winter.
Anyone eligible should get their jabs to ease the spike, officials at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warned. They said there will be lower levels of natural immunity compared to previous years as people socialised less during the pandemic.
One expert said they were more worried about flu this year than they had been for several years. The UKHSA warned of a possible “difficult winter” ahead as respiratory viruses, including flu and Covid, circulate widely. READ MORE: The largest cause of premature death in the UK that '70 per cent' of Manchester residents don't know they might have International surveillance shows the UK can expect the spread of H3N2 (a subtype of influenza type A), which is currently the most commonly detected flu virus worldwide.
H3N2 has recently caused waves of infection in countries including Australia, which has just had its winter. The vaccine used by the UK is designed to fight this strain.