Samedaydoctor has been interviewed on several occasions by the brand new TV channel GB news. We have been asked our opinions about the likelihood of a flu epidemic next winter and also whether travel restrictions are too draconian for UK vaccinated poeple travelling in and out of the UK.
We believe that although there is a third wave of the delta variant of Covid 19 in the UK, as 80% of the population have antibodies from previous infecton or vaccination, we should be able to rmeove the requirement for vaccinated and immune people to do PCR tests for traval. At present, if one is travelling to and from an Amber List country, 5 PCR tests are required per person travelling which requires a great deal of organisation and some considerable cost.
Furthermore, there is no evidence that a flu epidemic is likley next winter. Although people have been isolating more, the roll out of the vaccinations has created a high degreee of general immunity in the population, and this should protect us over the next year. No booster Covid vaccines should be necessary although the ususal flu vaccines are advised next autumn.
GB News has reported this as below on their website:
Reports of a “doom-laden” winter where Britain could be hit hard by an outbreak of flu and Covid-19 are overblown, a top doctor has told GB News.
Dr Laurence Gerlis from Same Day Doctor said the UK would benefit from boosted immune systems, thanks to Covid jabs, which help provide protection against other similar diseases.
He said: “I don’t think there’s going to be a flu epidemic this winter, and I think that doom-laden prediction is wrong.
“We’ve all got very good immunity now. If 80% have immunity against Covid now, that would work as a non-specific immune boost against other viruses of a similar nature.
“We will do a flu rollout in September of course. I’m quite sure with Covid on the way out, and no flu epidemic this winter, I’m sure we can have a good Christmas.”
It comes after Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, said flu could be a “bigger problem” than Covid-19 this winter.