While the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign on Reunion Island usually begins in early Australian fall, Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) recommends postponing until June 1, 2021. In fact, “The issue of the start date this year is being raised in the context of very active circulation of SARS-CoV-2, with a high proportion of variants, and as the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 is progressing at a slower pace than that of the city.”
A recommendation is also driven by the influenza epidemiological surveillance data in Reunion, which highlights that there will be no pandemic in 2020.
Postponed two months without much effect but whichever Still important, HAS confirms. “It should make it possible in particular to protect the most vulnerable from the common influenza / Covid-19 infection and to protect health professionals.”
In June, when vaccination campaigns against the Covid virus and influenza coincide, HAS recommends prioritizing the vaccine against Covid.
“The Reproductive Health System indicates that, until now, the co-administration of a vaccine against Covid-19 with a vaccine against influenza is not recommended. Therefore, a period of at least 14 days must be observed between vaccination against Covid-19 and vaccination against seasonal influenza.”
HAS recommends that people identified as potential contacts for a Covid-19 case to postpone vaccination after the recommended 10-day strict containment period in the absence of symptoms.
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