It is a little crazy how much flu shots are being pushed this year, especially since the flu season was drastically cut short in the spring due to social distancing measures put in place for Covid. The flu is not nearly as contagious as Covid, and the southern hemisphere seems to have missed out on flu season this year. According to the September update from the WHO, there are currently no influenza transmission zones, not even in the southern hemisphere, where flu season would normally be in full swing with the end of winter/start of spring: https://www.who.int/influenza/survei...rveillance/en/
Despite continued or even increased testing for influenza in some countries in the southern hemisphere, very few influenza detections were reported.
It's also crazy that the concerns raised by studies suggesting a link between trivalent influenza vaccination and increased susceptibility to coronaviruses are not being fully addressed, including one that specifically looked at children.
Increased Risk of Noninfluenza Respiratory Virus Infections Associated With Receipt of Inactivated Influenza Vaccine
Influenza Vaccination and Respiratory Virus Interference Among Department of Defense Personnel During the 2017–2018 Influenza Season
We randomized 115 children to trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) or placebo. Over the following 9 months, TIV recipients had an increased risk of virologically-confirmed non-influenza infections (relative risk: 4.40; 95% confidence interval: 1.31-14.8). Being protected against influenza, TIV recipients may lack temporary non-specific immunity that protected against other respiratory viruses.
Examining non-influenza viruses specifically, the odds of both coronavirus and human metapneumovirus in vaccinated individuals were significantly higher when compared to unvaccinated individuals.. Vaccine derived virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus and human metapneumovirus.
There are some retrospective studies, yet to be published but receiving press coverage, that find no association between influenza vaccination and Covid outcomes. The most widely referenced looked very specifically at adjuvant-free influenza vaccines. Although it's important to note that an adjuvant-free vaccine would not necessarily elicit the same immune response as a vaccine containing adjuvants. Many influenza vaccines do contain adjuvants, including all influenza vaccines tailored to seniors over age 65.
Flu Vaccinations Not Linked to Increased COVID-19 Risk
The findings revealed no difference in COVID-19 incidence or severity between people who received adjuvant-free influenza vaccines in the fall or winter of 2019 and those who did not receive the vaccine. Both groups had a comparable risk for hospitalization, admission to an intensive care unit, and death.