Why Flu Season Could Be Far Worse This Year

Flu could “come back to bite us” this year, a health expert has warned, after the pandemic resulted in cases of the virus plummeting last year.

Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that flu could be “potentially a bigger problem” than Covid this winter.

“We’ve had a very, very low prevalence of flu for the last few years, particularly virtually nil during lockdown, and we do know that when flu has been circulating in very low numbers immunity drops in the population, and it comes back to bite us,” he said. “So flu can be really, really important this winter.”

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