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CorrMed warns products must be available for flu season

A Gloucestershire business is warning of the increasing need for vital access to medical products as healthcare services faces the prospect of a 'twindemic' on the eve of flu season.

Infection control products producer and distributor CorrMed, based in Huntley, has seen a surge in demand for its infection resistant medical bags from hospitals and medical centres as the need to increase vaccination against influenza grows.

The bespoke bags help professionals do their job more efficiently while further protecting patients.

Scientists have warned that although the spread of coronavirus could double during the looming flu season, having the flu vaccine could lower people's risks of contracting COVID-19, prompting a rise in demand.

CorrMed director Katie Houghton said: "While the next few months will be a daunting prospect for healthcare services, suppliers must help support community mitigation efforts, through enabling efficiency and reliability where access to infection prevention and safety products are concerned - both being pre-requisites in managing both viruses.

"We've experienced a 533 per cent increase in sales in September, compared with the same period in 2019.

"This unprecedented rise in demand is a clear call to action for the healthcare sector across the region and indeed the UK to be on high alert."

She continued: "Having ease of access to supplies will prove vital in ensuring the NHS is supported as best as it can be to cope with the anticipated high demand over the coming weeks and months.

"If there is the chance of the flu jab reducing the burden of influenza, we want to ensure the means to do that is firmly in place."

Free flu vaccines are due to be provided to a record 30 million people this year with primary school children, people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions among the first to be offered the vaccine.

It will also be offered to people shielding during the coronavirus pandemic, their contacts and health and social workers.

And the newly eligible 50-64 year olds will be invited for vaccinations later in the programme.

Public Health England medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle said: "It is dangerous to dismiss influenza as just the flu - it can be extremely serious and can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.

"The flu vaccine is more important than ever, to help reduce transmission of flu and protect the nation from the double threat of flu and COVID-19.

"You may be offered it for the first time this year - it is important that you take up the offer to protect yourself and others."

CorrMed also distributes AIRsteril, an advanced UV air sterilisation system that rids the air of dust, bacteria and viruses, to ensure the air and all exposed surfaces have been sterilised.

The company is working across numerous sectors as business owners and organisations urgently seek ways to minimise risk of spread in workplaces.

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