The flu vaccination campaign, for all, is open

The flu vaccination campaign has started. It takes place from November 22 to January 31, 2022 on French territory. In Guyana, according to Public Health France, it is the month of January that records the most cases.

According to the last report from Public health France, January is the month with the most influenza cases. A seasonal virus, because no serious patient has been reported to date. However, vaccination is strongly recommended for fragile people because the flu can kill. The flu vaccine reduces the risk of being infected and developing a serious complication of this disease (pneumonia, etc.). It was developed in the 1930s by American biologist Jonas Salk.

Annual vaccination

The flu vaccination takes place every year. The virus evolves, which is why it is necessary to be vaccinated every year. If vaccination does not always prevent the flu, it reduces the risk of serious complications or death. Seasonal flu vaccination is now open to everyone. The campaign runs until January 31, 2022. The vaccine is covered 100% by Health Insurance for the target people. For others, the vaccine is not reimbursed. Last year, the influenza vaccine coverage rate in France reachedt 55.8% for the population, i.e. an increase of more than 8 points compared to the 2019-2020 season. The flu shot is not mandatory but recommended for frail people, especially the elderly, those with chronic diseases, the obese and pregnant women.

Pharmacists can vaccinate

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“Vaccination is one of the optional missions that can be performed by dispensing pharmacists throughout the country since March 1, 2019”, recalls the National Order of Pharmacists. The dispensary pharmacist can vaccinate adults, as of November 23. A prescription is not necessary. In the event that an eligible person has not received or has misplaced the invitation letter from the Health Insurance, his doctor, midwife, nurse or pharmacist can issue him a support form, after ensuring its eligibility. According to the Ministry of Health “the efficacy of the vaccine (…) has been estimated at 40% for 2019-2020 in urban patients with risk factors “.

Influenza vaccination would prevent more than 2,000 deaths on average each year.

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