Is it possible (and desirable) to get vaccinated against flu and covid at the same time?

Is it possible (and desirable) to get vaccinated against flu and covid at the same time?

A health worker administers a dose of Imvanex, a vaccine to protect against the monkeypox virus, at a municipal vaccination center in Marseille on August 10, 2022. (Photo by Christophe SIMON / AFP)
CHRISTOPHE SIMÓN / AFP A health worker administers a dose of Imvanex, a vaccine to protect against the monkeypox virus, at a municipal vaccination center in Marseille on August 10, 2022. (Photo by Christophe SIMON / AFP)

CHRISTOPHE SIMÓN / AFP

(Illustrative photo of a person vaccinated at a Marseille vaccination center in August 2022)

VACCINATION – Campaign in full swing. France launched its flu vaccination campaign on Tuesday, October 18, in the hope of the authorities to avoid a strong epidemic in a health context already marked by a wave of Covid-19.

Targeted people, at risk, can now get a free flu shot from a doctor, pharmacy, nurse or midwife. These people mainly include people over 65 years of age, pregnant women, the severely obese (BMI over 40), and patients with certain chronic diseases such as diabetes. The flu shot will be reserved for them until November 15. Subsequently, all the French will be able to benefit from it, at their own expense if they are not part of the objective.

But in this eighth wave of Covid-19, the authorities are once again challenged to double vaccination against influenza and Covid. A new recall campaign is underway against the latter and, with the flu, the goals overlap heavily. Among the few discrepancies, people between 60 and 65 years old are concerned about vaccination against Covid and not against the flu.

Kill two birds with one stone, but not in the same arm

A question then arises for those interested in this double campaign: is it possible to kill two birds with one stone and get vaccinated against both pathologies at the same time?

The Haute Autorité de Santé, which maintains its recommendation to combine the Covid-19 vaccination reminder campaign with the flu vaccination campaign, recalls that “ simultaneous injection of the two vaccines is possible “. However, they must be performed on ” two separate injection sites “.

In other words, you can go to your doctor to get a flu shot by giving yourself the shot in one arm, and then immediately give the Covid-19 booster shot in the other arm. ” There is no time limit “Between the two, it offers Health Insurance.

“Several of our fellow citizens have reservations (and) we respect that” despite the proven absence of risk, we admit the ministry. But “The message is still to have both vaccines in a relatively short period of time. »

Nope ” trivialize » covid

Even if currently, the flu is reduced to a few sporadic cases in France, and it is impossible to know how far the epidemic will go. But several experts are already worried about a difficult year.

” There are many reasons “Jean-Daniel Lelièvre detailed, referring in particular to data from countries in the southern hemisphere, including Australia: the flu epidemic, which develops there before the northern countries, has caused quite serious symptoms.

But the concerns also come, in various aspects, from the context linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. After almost three years, “We use the mask much less, we pay less attention”emphasizes the immunologist.

Other element negative, the dernier, in a brouillé context for the launch of a campaign of vaccination of rappel against the Covid, the French are peu fait vacciner against the grippe: à comb plus of the moitié des eligible persons l’ have made. “So immunity tends to decline in the general population.”concluded Jean-Daniel Lelièvre.

“We must not trivialize” the Covid, Health Minister François Braun recently told AFP “We must also protect ourselves against the flu. That’s good, barrier gestures, they protect from one as well as from another. »

See also in The HuffPost: Why Vaccinating Those Over 60 Isn’t Superfluous

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