Most countries have seen the lifting of all, if not the majority of covid-19 measures such as face masks and social distancing, all of which have successfully reduced the circulation of all respiratory viruses and kept us protected during the pandemic.
However, there is now less general immunity to flu in the population, creating the prospect of outbreaks among a much more susceptible population. Many young children and babies will have never been exposed to the flu virus meaning they will be much more susceptible this year.
The public health authorities are taking this risk very seriously – it makes sense for everyone to be as well-prepared as possible. Flu vaccination is the most important precaution and everyone who can be vaccinated, should.