The flu pandemic may be more fierce this year, warns ARS of Hauts-de-France

Should we expect a more deadly flu pandemic this year? The health authorities fear that. We should not end up with the peak of influenza at the same time as a new wave of Covid-19, warns the regional health agency Hauts-de-France, which is thus launching an appeal: notice to target populations, caregivers, pregnant women, people who Over the age of 65, get vaccinated ASAP against the flu and don’t skimp on barrier gestures. Because the cumulative effect of these two types means that in the past year, the influenza virus has spread very little.

56% of the target population was vaccinated against influenza in Hauts-de-France last year. The ARS hopes to reach 65% this year, knowing that the World Health Organization recommends 75%. And the ARS points out that if the Covid-19 numbers go up slightly, it’s because we’re very comfortable with barrier gestures.

“When we feel dizzy, we take the reflex to put on a mask!”

Everyone rushed to get their flu shots last yearGrégory Tempremant, Pharmacist in Comines (North) and President of the URPS Pharmacists Union acknowledges: “This year 17% additional doses have been ordered to avoid shortages.”

With containment, the flu has spread less in the past year, and there has been no epidemic, that is, no serious cases. And then, according to Jean-Marc Vandendriche, regional director of the Hauts-de-France Health Insurance Medical Service, Barrier gestures are also proven to be effective against all viruses : “It would be good, culturally, if we learned to practice barrier gestures on our own when we risk transmitting a virus! When we feel dizzy, we take the reflex of putting on a mask, sanitizing our hands and not coming into contact with the most vulnerable.”

“Two doses in each arm, still a few!”

Less flu last year means we are less immune this year, warns Dr. Francois Vandecandelier, GP in Laventi, near Lille. So you should get vaccinated against the flu now and you can completely kill two birds with one stone with your Covid-19 booster, and it poses no risk: “Two doses in each arm, it’s still a lot less compared to our kids who get ten vaccines at once and are living very well and have no worries!”

But to combine the flu shot with the third dose by now, you must have received Previous dose more than six months agoThat is, before the end of April.

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