The vaccination campaign against influenza and third doses

If something brings us the month of October, in addition to a drop in temperatures and the first colds, it is the flu vaccine. Each year, either mid-month, st

The vaccination campaign against influenza and third doses

If something brings us the month of October, in addition to a drop in temperatures and the first colds, it is the flu vaccine. Each year, either mid-month, start a campaign aimed at protecting the health of population groups most vulnerable or exposed to this well-known. A virus that, only in the 2019-2020 season, took the lives of 3,900 people in our country and forced almost thirty thousand patients to enter a hospital.

Last autumn, with the threat of a new wave caused by the coronavirus and still without vaccines against him, we live a vaccination campaign against completely atypical flu. This year, with the third doses planning and the very few spent flu contagion data, the vaccination campaign does not seem that it will be like those before the pandemic.

In the second half of October. We do not have an exact date at the moment, because it is conditioned by the supply of vaccines from the laboratories, but the Autonomous Communities coincide in that they will not delay their start and last until the end of December.

Wait at the end of the campaign "In case the vaccine is bad" is something that has more than myth than reality, and it does not make sense to wait for the month of December to vaccinate if we can do it before.

Since they put us the vaccine, this takes a few days to make its effect so that we develop protection against virus and December is usually a month with a high incidence of flu cases. So wait for the last days of the campaign to vaccinate, if there is no medical motive that prevents it, it is risking too much.

The season 2020-2021 will go down in history as in which there were hardly any cases of flu in Spain, something totally unusual that we probably do not live again and that it had its origin in the high vaccination rate and in the prevention measures against coronavirus : Limitation of social contacts, use of mask, ventilation ...

This winter, with almost non-existent anticovid measures and a sensation of general relaxation, is to be expected that the flu becomes more aggressive and therefore vaccination is of great importance at the level of prevention.

Last season we had many letters with which to defeat the flu, but this year we played everything to a single letter.

It is very likely that it happens. In the highest residences, the third dose of reinforcement against Coronavirus is already being administered, but in the second half of October it is very likely that this third dose is being administered in immunosuppressed people or even the first or second dose in certain sectors of population.

Today, science does not have a clear answer about it, since there are limited data on the joint administration of the Vaccine against the VOCID19 with other vaccines.

While a good part of researchers suggest that doing so is safe and do not increase the side effects, therefore, as safe today and with the data we have would be to wait a week between a vaccine and the other and receive the punctures in Different areas.

Today we do not have any vaccine that combines the flu virus with the coronavirus, which would be the Vaccine Covid19-Influenza. But companies like modern, Novavax or Vivaldi are working on a new vaccine that does combine both viruses. Something that certainly appreciates, since nobody wants to take two punctures if one can take one alone.

A little over a week ago, the United States approved the third dose for all its population over 65 following the FDA Recommendation.

In Europe neighboring countries such as France also offer it all over 65, while in the United Kingdom it is only administered for those over 70 years. In Spain at the moment the general rule is to reserve it to older people who live in residences.

But everything points out that the week of October 4 the European Agency of the Medicine will issue a new recommendation in this regard, and it would not be surprising that it was on the same line as the American FDA.

Updated Date: 09 October 2021, 06:18

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