MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
Source: Republic of France in French The French Republic has issued the following statement:
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According to the opinion of the High Authority for Health, the 2020-2021 seasonal flu vaccination campaign begins on October 13, 2020 and will continue until January 31, 2021 in the context of the health crisis linked to Covid-19. Health Insurance recommends getting vaccinated in early fall, before influenza viruses are actively circulating.
Who is concerned ?
The flu affects between 2 and 8 million people each winter and is responsible for many hospitalizations and deaths, especially in frail people. The flu shot is especially important this season to protect people at risk of developing severe forms such as:
people 65 and over;
people with certain chronic diseases;
pregnant women ;
obese people with a BMI greater than or equal to 40;
the entourage of infants under 6 months of age at risk (to protect infants who cannot be vaccinated) and immunocompromised people.
Complications can appear, such as:
severe bacterial lung infection (or pneumonia);
a worsening of an already existing chronic disease (diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, etc.).
Vaccination is the most effective way to protect yourself from the flu. The vaccine is safe and has few or no side effects (most often mild, transient local reactions, more rarely fever, muscle or joint pain, headache). He cannot give the flu because the viruses in the vaccine are not alive.
The vaccines available this year are: Influvac Tetra and Vaxigrip Tetra (tetravalent vaccines).
Who can benefit from the free vaccine?
If you are concerned (people aged 65 and over, or suffering from certain chronic diseases, pregnant women, obese people, family circle of infants at risk of severe influenza), you will receive an invitation from your health insurance fund and a voucher in order to withdraw the vaccine free of charge from the pharmacist on presentation of the voucher, and to be vaccinated by the professional of your choice. People under 18 must have a medical prescription prior to vaccination.
If you are eligible but you could not be identified and invited by the Health Insurance, talk to your doctor, your midwife or your pharmacist, who will be able to issue you a care voucher allowing you get the vaccine for free.
Note: The influenza vaccine is 100% covered and the injection is covered under the usual conditions, except for patients 100% covered for one of the long-term illnesses. duration) concerned.
Who can give you the flu shot?
the doctors ;
the nurses ;
midwives (for pregnant women and those close to infants at risk);
volunteer pharmacists, for adults (since October 2019, all pharmacists can practice the flu vaccination).
We must also adopt the right gestures
To protect themselves and those around them, it is essential that everyone puts in place, as soon as influenza viruses circulate, a series of simple actions intended to limit the transmission of viruses:
wash your hands regularly, with soap and water or with a hydroalcoholic solution;
cough or sneeze into his elbow;
use a disposable tissue, etc.
For sick people:
wearing a mask;
limiting contact with frail or sick people.
The effectiveness of each of these measures (vaccination and barrier gestures) is optimized by combining them. This makes it possible to constitute a health shield.
Reminder: In 2018-2019, there were 8 epidemic weeks (from the beginning of January to the end of February 2019). The epidemic spread throughout the metropolitan area in a matter of weeks, reaching its peak in the first week of February.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.