COVID-19 AND YOUR FLU INJECTION

You don’t need a prescription and your flu injection is particularly important this year. Whether you’re for or against it, evidence clearly shows that vaccination can reduce flu severity and prevent hospitalisation, both critical considerations at a time when the health care system may once again be burdened by COVID-19.

People who catch flu and Covid at the same time this winter are twice as likely to die than those who only have coronavirus, according to the UK Health Security Agency chief executive, Dr Jenny Harries.. (Oct 2021)

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MOST PHARMACIES WILL NOW ADMINISTER THE VACCINATION ON THE SPOT OR BY APPOINTMENT WHEN YOU PURCHASE THE VACCINE.

START OF THE FLU SEASON

The vaccination campaign against seasonal flu has now been launched. Running from October 22 to November 22, 2021 for vulnerable  people, and from November 23, 2021 to January 31, 2022 for the rest.

The health service recommends the jab for over-65s and for those with health problems that could make them more vulnerable to the bug (heart or lung problems, chronic illnesses etc).

If you are amongst the above, you will probably receive or already have received  a letter recommending the injection, along with a ‘prise en charge’ voucher for free vaccination.

If you have already received this free vaccination in the past, you need only take the voucher to the chemist and make an appointment with a local doctor, nurse or vet (joking) to administer it.

If this is the first  time, you will need to see your doctor beforehand, armed with your voucher, so that he or she can be sure that the vaccine is suitable for you.

You are advised to organise your injection BEFORE the flu season starts. After vaccination, the body actually needs 2 weeks to form the necessary antibodies.

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The HCSP (Haut conseil de la santé publique) also recommends vaccinations for pregnant women regardless of term and obese people with a body mass index greater than or equal to 40.

For those who do not qualify for the free injection (note that the usual percentage is still reimbursed by the state), simply buy your own vaccine at the chemist for around 7 euros and make an appointment with a local doctor or nurse to administer it. Anybody can do this – and if you’re not squeamish, you can even do it yourself!

Visit www.grippenet.fr for more information, news of regional epidemics etc.

Comments


  1. You write: “There is also the possibility that a person contracting both at once could be more seriously ill. Whilst likely, this is as yet unsupported by facts. (Oct 2020)”

    “People who catch flu and Covid at the same time this winter are twice as likely to die than those who only have coronavirus, according to the UK Health Security Agency chief executive, Dr Jenny Harries.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/10/getting-flu-with-covid-makes-you-twice-as-likely-to-die-says-uk-health-chief

    1. Thank you. This was actually Oct 2020 so I will now add this year’s conclusions.

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