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Influenza: “You must be vaccinated now”, warns the National Health Insurance in anticipation of the peak of the epidemic

The vaccination campaign is having difficulty gaining momentum in France. Faced with this observation, health insurance advises getting vaccinated as soon as possible in anticipation of the peak of the epidemic.

“It’s important to get vaccinated now.” The health insurance warns through the voice of Dominique Martin, national medical adviser for the foundation, on Thursday 24 November that it is urgent to protect against the epidemic.

While five regions have entered the pre-epidemic phase, Brittany, Normandy, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France and Île-de-France, the vaccination campaign is struggling to get off the ground. So far, just over 4 million French people have received a dose of vaccine since mid-October. This is almost 20% less than last year in 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 vulnerable 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 be 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 catch up with this delay as soon as possible.”, he explains to France Info.

A situation that has already found a name on the other side of the Atlantic: the “triple epidemic”.

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

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