Pyrénées-Orientales: “The objective is to vaccinate against the flu and Covid at the same time”

While this Tuesday, October 18 is launched the vaccination campaign against the flu, the objective of the health authorities is to double it with the anti-covid vaccine. While the incidence rate seems to be marking time in the Pyrénées-Orientales at 375 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on October 18.

“In order for the articulation of these two vaccinations to be as effective as possible, the High Authority for Health recommends the co-administration of vaccines against influenza and against Covid”. The Regional Health Agency is launching its flu-covid vaccination campaign this Tuesday, October 18, 2022. A double dose with instructions for use. “The data indicate that co-administration is generally well tolerated and does not diminish the protection conferred by the two vaccines. The two injections can be given on the same day, at two separate vaccination sites, i.e. a vaccine in each arm”.

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A strategy confirmed by Hugues Aumaître. The head of the infectious and tropical diseases department at the Perpignan hospital specifies that “seniors over 65 and immunocompromised people” are the first concerned. “If we had a few cases of flu this summer, for the moment, the epidemic situation is calm in the department. This is why we must anticipate before the first cold weather and indoor regroupings”.

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For its part, the 8th wave of Covid seems to be marking time in the Pyrénées-Orientales. “We are recording an incidence rate of 375 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This is the second lowest rate in Occitania behind Hérault which is at 326, while Haute-Garronne is at 473 and Aveyron at 600. But above all, the progression curve is attenuating. It has been + 22% and + 25% in recent weeks, it is only 1% this week”. Real tray or simple break? The first cold weather and the development or not of new variants will tell.

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“You still need to get vaccinated. At the same time as the flu, it’s perfect. Especially since the anti-Covid vaccines are now bivalent. They act against the initial strain and against the Omicron variant. It is therefore time to get vaccinated or do your booster dose”. The Regional Health Agency specifies that “the administration of a new dose of vaccine must respect the minimum recommended time between two vaccinations, namely: 3 months for people aged 80 and over, for residents of nursing homes or for immunocompromised people. 6 months for others. In case of recent infection, a delay of 3 months is to be expected between the infection and the injection of the vaccine”.

17 covid patients are hospitalized in Perpignan, this October 18, including one in Réa.

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