The national flu vaccination campaign began on Tuesday. This year, it is coupled with the vaccination campaign against Covid-19. La Dépêche takes stock.
“A coincidence of the calendar”. From the mouth of the Regional Health Agency of Occitanie, the concomitance between the vaccination campaign against influenza and that of Covid-19 is not calculated. However, it raises specific organizational issues, particularly with regard to “co-vaccination”. Is there really no risk in vaccinating a fragile person against both Covid-19 and the flu, during a single consultation?
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Despite the encouragement of the health authorities, the public concerned are reluctant. According to a survey by Public Health France, published at the beginning of October, only one out of two people at risk is considering receiving the two vaccines at the same time. In question: the fear of suffering too virulent adverse effects. They are also sometimes joined by certain general practitioners, who do not hesitate to space out the injections by several weeks: “I am too afraid that my fragile patients will go through hell after a flu / Covid-19 co-vaccination” , testifies a general practitioner from Toulouse to The Midi Dispatch.
“Mild side effects”
On the side of the health authorities, we try to be reassuring: “We must take into account the balance ‘benefits / risks’: there is no contraindication to co-vaccination for eligible people, supports for his part Professor Albert Sotto, Head of the Infectious and Tropical Diseases Department at the Center Hospitalier Universitaire de Nîmes It is possible that people who receive two injections at the same time may experience pain at both injection sites as well as an increase in their temperature a few hours after vaccination, but these are mild side effects.” However, the healthcare professional insists on the need to perform the vaccine injections “in two different places” (for example on both arms).
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The national flu vaccination campaign began yesterday and is due to end on November 15. Only those over 16 are authorized to receive an injection, and the recommendations concern only the most fragile. Each year, between two and six million French people are infected with the virus and nearly 10,000 patients die of it.