Doktor Jennifer Ann Wi, chief of the Asia Pacific Society of Respirology Tuberculosis Assembly, urged the public to get vaccinated against flu viruses amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important not to become complacent about the risks posed by influenza,” Wi,l said in an online forum.
“Influenza is more than just a respiratory disease. We don’t want to wait until there is an influenza pandemic,” she added.
In the Philippines, Wi said influenza caused “considerable mortality” with an annual rate of 5.09 deaths per 100,000 persons.
“COVID-19 will not be the world’s last health emergency and there is an urgent need for sustainable health emergency preparedness to deal with the next one,” she said.