Flu season in Ukraine: Circulation of three strains expected

Source : 112 Ukraine

Influenza B/Washington, H1N1 and H3N2 strains are expected to circulate in Ukraine
23:18, 13 September 2021

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In Ukraine, during the 2021-2022 flu season, the circulation of influenza strains B/Washington, H1N1 and H3N2 is expected. This was stated by the country's chief sanitary doctor Ihor Kuzin, the press service of the Ministry of Health reports.

"A similar epidemic season of influenza is expected in 2021-2022. Circulation of B/Washington, H1N1 and H3N2 strains is expected," Kuzin said.

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According to him, the new flu epidemic season will not differ from the previous one with the appearance of new strains or predictions of a more severe course of the disease.

He noted that the Ministry of Health is negotiating with representatives of the pharmaceutical sector in order to allocate more flu vaccines for Ukraine. In particular, Kuzin added that this year, pharmacies are planning to deliver about a million doses of flu vaccines.

Earlier, Moderna company claimed that it develops the vaccine that combines the booster dose against Covid-19 and the experimental vacine against influenza. 

The producer hopes that as time passes, it will be able to add the other vaccines that are now in development (including the one against RS-virus) to Moderna's annual combined inoculation.

"We believe it's a bery big opportunity, if we can take the highly effective annual booster from multiple respiratory diseases at once to the market," said Stephane Bancel, Moderna CEO as he faced the press during the presentation for investors.

Related: CovidUkraine: 1,205 new cases over last 24hrs

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