Flu: one "serious risk of epidemic" facing "release of barrier gestures"Alain Fischer is worried – Orange News

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 4:49 pm.

“For two years, the flu was kept at a safe distance thanks to the barrier measures we put in place against Covid,” analyzes Professor Alain Fischer in Le Parisien this Wednesday, September 28, estimating that “this year it will be difficult to maintain the same level of protection” and therefore they fear a “serious risk of an influenza epidemic”.

The masks fell off, to the delight of the viruses. Professor Alain Fischer, who chaired the Council for the Orientation of the Vaccination Strategy, points out this Wednesday, September 28, in the columns Parisian on the return of the flu.

“Within two years, the flu was banished thanks to the barrier measures we have implemented against Covid.

This year it will be difficult to maintain the same level of protection: masks, distancing, intensive hand washing…,” analyzed the professor of immunology, fearing “in the face of this relaxation”, to “severe risk of an influenza epidemic”.

Two vaccination campaigns

Covid also remains a threat to be taken seriously. “We are not immune to the emergence of a new, more virulent variant. However, coexistence with Covid-flu is nothing to be happy about. It is synonymous with a very high number of hospitalizations”, warns the former government “mister vaccine”, justifying the “goal o two strong vaccination campaigns – Covid and flu – especially for the most vulnerable.”

It encourages especially the most fragile ones to protect themselves quickly. “To think that we will remember covid when there is a flu vaccine is a mistake. We must not delay Covid. Less than 40% of eligible people have received their fourth dose: it’s too few,” estimates Alain Fischer. “It’s quite possible to get a Covid shot at the beginning of October and the flu at the end of October! Either way, you’ll need both. clarifies. “We will have to remobilize a population that is full of infections and vaccines,” concludes Alain Fischer.

Reminder campaign against Covid from October 3

On Tuesday, the Minister of Health, François Braun, announced that the campaign against Covid is withdrawing the new vaccines adapted to Omicron. will start on October 3rd, as soon as France receives the first doses. New reminder against Covid, ‘it’s not for the whole population: The High Health Authority has made it clear and still says vaccinate target populations’ recalled the minister. But he said, “If you want to get vaccinated, you can get vaccinated.”

An additional dose of vaccine is recommended people at risk of a severe form of the disease (60 years and older, immunocompromised and those around them, pregnant women, children and high-risk adolescents) and professionals in the healthcare and medical-social sector.

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