The national seasonal influenza vaccination campaign will be launched from the 4th week of October, in a particular context marked by the covid-19 pandemic and the probability of co-circulation of the influenza virus and Sars- Cov-2, indicates the Ministry of Health in a circular.
According to the circular sent by the supervisory authority to the Regional Directors of Health on October 15, influenza vaccination activities, and their promotion will be strengthened, as part of a broad communication campaign covering all prevention measures. against seasonal flu, namely barrier gestures, physical distancing and hygiene measures.
“These means will have an impact on both the prevention of influenza and Covid-19, as well as a reduction in the use of healthcare structures”, adds the same source.
And to indicate that the flu is a generally mild infection, nevertheless it can cause serious complications, even death in people at high risk, such as pregnant women, children under 5, people aged 65 years. and older and people with chronic illnesses.
From the 2019-2020 season, the Ministry has decided to ensure the vaccination of pregnant women in the second and third trimester of pregnancy, patients suffering from end-stage renal disease, in addition to health professionals, and this in an approach to broadening vaccination coverage.
As a reminder, as part of the national program for the prevention and control of seasonal influenza, the Ministry of Health has been organizing the national seasonal influenza vaccination campaign since 2006 for the benefit of its professionals, which allowed the individual protection of this category. and his family circle as well as the prevention of the transmission of the disease to patients admitted to care structures.