Vaccine, amount, worth… Here’s what we all know concerning the seasonal flu vaccination marketing campaign
The Ministry of Well being is making ready to launch the nationwide seasonal flu vaccination marketing campaign. It ought to begin round starting of octoberin response to numerous sources requested by Médias24, particularly Sanofi, the corporate producing the influenza vaccine. Contacted by us to verify the knowledge, the Ministry of Well being remained unreachable.
Professionals count on a excessive variety of flu circumstances this yr
“The seasonal flu vaccination marketing campaign must be launched on the finish of September or the start of October”confided to us Dr Saïd Afif, president of the Nationwide Well being Federation (FNS), calling all aged and weak individuals to get vaccinated.
“Infectiologists count on this yr to many viral infectionslike final yr, the place the variety of bronchiolitis and bronchitis was fairly excessive”particularly in kids. “For max safety, the aged and people with continual and coronary heart circumstances ought to get vaccinated first,” advocates Dr. Saïd Afif.
Remarks confirmed by Dr. Tayeb Hamdi, president of the Nationwide Union of Common Medication (SNMG). “This yr, extra flu circumstances to be anticipated. Initially as a result of the flu virus mutates yearlyafter which as a result of we spent two to a few years with barrier measures. Some individuals had been subsequently not contaminated. Due to this fact, their immune reminiscence begins to overlook this virus.”
“As there aren’t any extra barrier measures, there’ll most likely be many extra circumstances this winter. Furthermore, Australia this yr recorded the strongest flu season for 5 years”, continues Dr Tayeb Hamdi.
“Individuals affected by continual illnesses, comparable to diabetes, weight problems and most cancers, should imperatively be vaccinated, in addition to individuals aged over 65, kids over six months previous, pregnant ladies, but in addition well being professionals. It’s a viral illness, which might worsen and result in dying. This virus kills between 300,000 and 650,000 individuals yearly worldwide,” he warns.
Be careful for co-infection
Dr Saïd Afif additionally informs that “many circumstances of co-infection of Covid and seasonal flu have been recorded within the final yr. Persons are subsequently additionally known as to proceed their anti-Covid vaccination to keep away from severe circumstances of co-infection”, particularly since Morocco expects a fifth wave of contamination.
Certainly, on the finish of the fourth wave, Dr Mouad Merabet, coordinator of the Nationwide Middle for Public Well being Emergency Operations on the Ministry of Well being, had thought of “very seemingly” the incidence of one other wave throughout the winter season.
The anti-Covid vaccination marketing campaign nonetheless stagnated for a number of months. As of September 21, 2022, Morocco has 24.9 million major vaccinees and 23.4 million individuals who have obtained the second dose. The administration of the D3 is barely 6.79 million individuals, in opposition to 47,516 individuals for the D4.
A quadrivalent vaccine at 125 DH in pharmacies
Reached by Médias24, a supply from Sanofi Pasteur confides that the vaccine which will probably be obtainable in pharmacies is the “Vaxigrip Tetra”. It’s the similar quadrivalent influenza vaccine administered final yr in Morocco. “It comprises 4 strains of influenza virus. It subsequently permits broader safety, higher adaptation to epidemiological developments in addition to substantial benefits when it comes to public well being: discount in circumstances of influenza, deaths and hospitalizations”, explains our supply.
“The primary doses are already arrived in Morocco and are being labeled. Their availablity is anticipated for starting of October. The personal market amount is estimated at 200,000 doses” in opposition to 300,000 final yr. This amount will probably be supposed particularly for wholesale distributors and group pharmacists.
“Public market demand is assessed by well being authorities. Sanofi is prepared to answer this request as quickly as it’s communicated to us”, provides our interlocutor.
As for the worth, “it stays unchanged”. Based on our supply, it’s set at 125.30 MAD.
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