Who needs to get the flu vaccine in 2020?

Hospital centers throughout the Spanish geography are on alert since, if coronavirus infections are added to the autumn and winter flu epidemic, the health system could collapse. The flu vaccination campaign begins the first fortnight of October, and the Ministry of Health reports on who will have to get the flu vaccine in 2020. The motto of this year’s flu vaccination campaign is: «I get vaccinated, this year marks the difference”.

The Ministry reminds risk groups that the flu vaccine is completely effective and safe. In addition, it is the best prevention tool that exists both to protect oneself and the people around them, and thus not saturate the health system. Autonomous communities such as Castilla y León, Valencian Communitya, Cantabria or La Rioja have already begun to give appointments for the vaccine. As for the Community of Madrid, they will have 50,000 more doses than in the 2019 flu vaccination campaign.

The symptoms of Covid-19 and flu are very similar: fever, fatigue, headache … If the highest risk groups are vaccinated, it will be easier to differentiate between symptoms of both ailments. There is no scientific evidence that getting a flu vaccine increases the risk of coronavirus, so it is important to ignore rumors and hoaxes.

Population groups that should be vaccinated against influenza

The first to receive the vaccine will be the elderly who live in nursing homes, as well as the staff of health and social health centers.

The population groups that need to get the flu vaccine in 2020 are as follows. On the one hand, people over 65. On the other hand, people with chronic illnesses are at high risk of complications from the flu.

And finally: babies between six months and two years with a history of prematurity less than 32 weeks gestation; people who can pass the flu to those who are at very high risk for complications; and social and health personnel.

There are several population groups for whom the flu vaccine is contraindicated: babies under six months; people who have an allergy to any component of the vaccine or its active ingredients; and people with an acute infection or fever. In the latter case, vaccination should be postponed until recovery.