Flu: “You have to get vaccinated now”, warns Health Insurance in anticipation of the epidemic peak

The vaccination campaign is struggling to take off in France. Faced with this observation, the Health Insurance advises to be vaccinated as soon as possible in anticipation of the epidemic peak to come.

“It’s important to get vaccinated now.” The Health Insurance, through the voice of Dominique Martin, national medical adviser of the Fund, warns this Thursday, November 24 of the urgency to protect against the epidemic.

While five regions have entered the pre-epidemic phase, Brittany, Normandy, Center-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France and Île-de-France, the vaccination campaign is struggling to take off. For the time being, just over 4 million French people have received a dose of vaccine since mid-October. This is almost 20% less than last year at the same period.

“The epidemic is relatively early this year,” said Dominique Martin. “Therefore, in a few days, in a few weeks, we will be in the epidemic and it is important to protect yourself now,” he insists.

“Tripledemic”

This need to protect the most fragile now is all the more important as French hospitals are currently facing three epidemics simultaneously: influenza, bronchiolitis and covid. “So this is an additional reason to get vaccinated. And I confirm that we are well behind the pace of vaccination if we compare to the previous year and that it is important to make up for this delay as quickly as possible. possible”, he explains to France Info.

A situation that has already found a name across the Atlantic: the “tripledemic”.

Dominique Martin recalls that vaccination concerns “everyone”, such as pregnant women. “The risk is multiplied by seven for a pregnant woman to be hospitalized for the flu, so it is very important to be vaccinated”, he recalls, especially since he counts a fortnight with the vaccine to work.

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