what you need to know about the campaign starting October 22

The flu vaccination campaign has been brought forward by four days, and will begin on Friday, October 22, Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced on Twitter on Monday, October 18.

In a note transmitted to health professionals, the General Directorate of Health (DGS) justifies this change in schedule by increasing the “Risk of co-infection and development of severe forms and death” in “A context of cocirculation of Covid-19 and influenza viruses”. The objective is therefore “To encourage synergy between the two vaccination campaigns” against influenza and Covid-19.

► What are the different stages of the vaccination campaign?

Since Monday, October 18, nursing homes and health establishments can vaccinate their patients. The aim is in particular to “Take into account the organizations set up by establishments in order to avoid repeatedly mobilizing healthcare teams to vaccinate residents and professionals”.

From Friday 22 October, priority people will be able to get the flu shot. The first weeks of the campaign are reserved for people targeted by vaccine recommendations “With the aim of protecting the most vulnerable”, explains the DGS.

From the 23 november, vaccination will be open to the rest of the population.

► Who are the priority people?

Fragile and at-risk people to have a severe form of influenza are among the priority audiences for vaccination, indicates the Medicare website. These are people aged 65 and over; people under 65 with certain chronic diseases ; pregnant women; and people suffering from obesity.

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Health professionals and medico-social establishments in contact with patients at risk are also invited to be vaccinated, as well as those around infants under 6 months at risk of serious complications from the flu and those around people. immunocompromised.

► Where to get vaccinated?

Once the vaccine has been obtained from a pharmacy, the injection can be carried out at his general practitioner, nurses, midwives (for pregnant women and those around the newborn) and in pharmacy (only for people targeted by vaccination recommendations).

Health insurance has sent vouchers for the vaccine to priority people, who will have to present them at the pharmacy to obtain their vaccine free of charge. Priority people who have not received a voucher will be able to obtain them from health professionals responsible for vaccination before receiving the injection, without prior prescription.

► Is the vaccine reimbursed?

For those at risk, purchasing the flu vaccine is 100% supported by health insuranceon presentation of the vaccination voucher. On the other hand, for non-priority people, its price is between € 12.13 and € 31.27, without health insurance coverage.

The injection of the vaccine is reimbursed at 70% if it is performed by the doctor or midwife during a consultation; 70% if it is the pharmacist who vaccinates; and 60% if it is a nurse. It is 100% covered for patients with a long-term illness (ALD).

► Can we get vaccinated against both the Covid and the flu?

The flu vaccination is not incompatible with that against the Covid, the recall campaign of which began on 1is September for the most vulnerable French people. In a statement released on September 27, the High Authority of Health (HAS) confirm that “The co-administration of several vaccines is not dangerous for the immune system and does not compromise their effectiveness”.

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The HAS therefore recommends, when possible, to perform two injections of vaccine against Covid and influenza on the same day – one dose in each arm – in order to “To optimize vaccine coverage against these two epidemics”. If this is not possible,HAS specifies that there is no time limit between the two vaccinations.

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