Experts guarantee vaccines against Covid-19 and influenza in a single act

With the green light of the Public Health Commission to administer the third dose against Covid-19 over 70 years, the Autonomous Communities are prepared to cov

Experts guarantee vaccines against Covid-19 and influenza in a single act

With the green light of the Public Health Commission to administer the third dose against Covid-19 over 70 years, the Autonomous Communities are prepared to cover this Recommendation and the vaccination campaign of the flu, which will begin in mid-October . Is it possible to inject both doses in the same consultation? Would it influence possible adverse reactions?

Experts from the Spanish Society of Preventive Medicine, Public Health and Hygiene (SEMPSPH) have repeatedly assured that "there is no contraindication" to administer them in the same vaccine act. On the contrary, it supposes benefits, such as economy time and reducing the collapse of health centers.

It is true that the joint administration of immunizations against influenza and Covid-19 "is a novelty because up to about three weeks ago, scientific evidence had not ratified that they could be placed at the same time," recognizes immaculate cost, an expert nurse in vaccines. General Council of Nursing and that is also part of the Committee of Experts Advisory of Health Vaccines.

Now, the question is already confirmed by the authorities. Since the European Medicine Agency (EMA) it has been remembered that there are no interference between both vaccines, so injecting them at the same time it would not be a problem. Visits are minimized and time is maximized. In this sense, you are even studying the possibility of joining the two vaccines in a single puncture, as already with the triple viral, which protects against measles, rubella and mumps. In fact, modern and Pfizer have been working on a bivalent vaccine that faces the flu and Covid-19.

Meanwhile, in the absence of this alternative, what can be done is to inject in the same current dose of souvenir anticovid and the flu of this season. "Scientific evidence is in children, which while receiving hexavalent (hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria, tubaline, polyomelitis, infections by Haemophilus influenzae type B), benefit from another puncture against pneumococcus and another in front of the Meningitis ", it argues costs. "Transported to adults, with two vaccines in the same act, we are protecting the population indicated against two diseases that could have serious consequences."

It should only be taken into account some technical issues. To begin with, it is recommended that the same messenger RNA vaccine (pfizer or modern) be used, although "if there is an interchangeability, being both of the messenger RNA, nothing would happen," clarifies the expert. On the other hand, it is necessary to be clear that the punctures should be put "in different anatomical places [...] they could even put themselves in the same arm, but separated from each other between two and two centimeters and a half. This would not be a problem", He emphasizes the nurse, who clarifies that "by managing two immunogens in the same act, the person will not have more post-vacual reaction or increase fever".

It differs a lot between each other. For example, the negative vote of Galicia on the third doses was due to a lack of planning time. Thus, the Sergas explains that they will collect "the best" of each of the two vaccination campaigns and try to make them coincide in those over 80, which would be the first to receive the reinforcement dose.

The other community voting was not Madrid, who defends that the administration of the third dose of Vacuna against Covid-19 to those over 70 is not urgent and progresses that prioritize the vaccination campaign against the flu, which expects to start During the last week of October, although it works to reorganize it to adapt the joint application. Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia lead the alternative of immunizing time against Covid-19 and influenza, whose campaign will begin in mid-October.

Updated Date: 09 October 2021, 02:15

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