Sept 2020 Respiratory Newsletter From Kent & Medway

Respiratory Expert Group

Dear Colleagues

As we move through autumn of 2020 and into winter we are expecting a much higher than usual pneumonia and COPD exacerbations; due to the circulation of both COVID-19 and influenza viruses.

This is why it is especially important to maximise flu vaccine uptake for all high risk groups and over 65’s as early as possible and before end of November. We are also hoping for positive news on the corona virus vaccine trials in the next few months.

Patients with respiratory conditions should also carefully follow national guidance on minimising risk from COVID-19; details can be seen via this link:

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