Professor Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol and a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), mentioned he believed folks aged 50 and around would be provided a free of charge NHS flu vaccine this yr, collectively with older youngsters.

He advised Sky News that flu was a “much more major sickness” than Covid in some respects, especially for young children, incorporating: “The truth is that we see epidemics of influenza each individual wintertime, with just one exception and that was past winter season.

“The limitations that were being in position prior to and throughout the second wave ended up adequate to prevent influenza from currently being passed all over just about solely, and as a consequence of that we really are genuinely anxious that we could possibly see a a lot bigger epidemic of flu this calendar year, only mainly because all of the immunity that that epidemic would have designed doesn’t exist.

“So, if you have then a coincidence of a big flu epidemic, and a further more wave of Covid, that doubles the stress on the health and fitness service and indicates that we’re in a significantly extra vulnerable spot.”

Prof Finn explained he hoped some folks at least would be available a flu vaccine and Covid vaccine at the exact time.

He reported individuals died each individual year from flu, incorporating: “If we get a particularly substantial and specifically undesirable flu epidemic this yr, we could be viewing countless numbers of fatalities from flu. Now, incorporate that with the other viruses and even more Covid, you’ve got seriously got a critical problem on your palms.”