In a press release, the Directorate General of Health (DGS) says that “Health authorities have decided to extend the influenza vaccination campaign until February 28, 2023”. This choice was made due to the still active spread of the epidemic in the French mainland and abroad (especially in Guadeloupe, Guyana and Martinique). “This year, the seasonal influenza epidemic started early and was characterized by high circulation intensity in December and severe severity”notes DHS.
Lives are saved every year
Vaccination, reminds the ministry, “Especially recommended for people at risk who may develop a serious form”. Populations for which influenza vaccination is fully covered by health insurance and is an effective way to protect against serious illnesses. Health authorities note that on average in France “2,000 lives are saved each year among older people aged 65 and over through vaccination”.
It should be noted that the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign has already been active this year, with “more than 9 million people targeted by recommendations” who have been vaccinated. Some profiles are considered to be more risky and are therefore advised to protect themselves first. These are mainly people aged 65 and over, as well as people under 65 who suffer from certain chronic diseases. Also targeted “pregnant women, regardless of the trimester of pregnancy”or French “obese”whose body mass index (BMI) is greater than or equal to 40. The environment of weakened people, relatives of infants up to 6 months old are also invited for vaccination “at risk for serious complications from the flu”or even those who associate with immunocompromised people.
DGS is using these announcements to communicate that the Covid vaccine remains available to everyone. He “Especially recommended for all people aged 60 and over or with a risk factor during this winter period”.