As millions of French will receive a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the flu vaccination season begins. A special case raises questions.
The flu shots are ready and will be allowed for use on Friday, October 22. The vaccine dose may also express the booster dose for the Covid-19 vaccine. “We will be able to do the two vaccines on the same day, which will simplify the third vaccine against Covid-19. It is enough to do one in each arm”Florence Savoyd, a pharmacist in Paris, explains. Immunization with two different arms produces two different immune responses.
This year, the flu shot was taken earlier. The reason is that the target audience for the flu vaccine is also the target audience for the third booster dose for COVID-19: people over 65, pregnant women, and people with chronic illnesses. In nursing homes, it is possible to vaccinate since Tuesday, October 19 to prevent many risks. “We already have the bronchiolitis virus, we still have the Covid virus and we will spread the influenza virus”, notes Professor Jerome Salomon, Director-General of Health.