Vaccine, amount, value… Here’s what we all know concerning the seasonal flu vaccination marketing campaign

Vaccine, amount, value… Here’s what we all know concerning the seasonal flu vaccination marketing campaign

The Ministry of Well being is getting ready to launch the nationwide seasonal flu vaccination marketing campaign. It ought to begin round starting of octoberin line with varied sources requested by Médias24, specifically Sanofi, the corporate producing the influenza vaccine. Contacted by us to substantiate the data, the Ministry of Well being remained unreachable.

Professionals anticipate a excessive variety of flu instances this 12 months

“The seasonal flu vaccination marketing campaign ought to 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 susceptible folks to get vaccinated.

“Infectiologists anticipate this 12 months to many viral infectionslike final 12 months, the place the variety of bronchiolitis and bronchitis was fairly excessive”particularly in kids. “For max safety, the aged and people with persistent and coronary heart situations ought to get vaccinated first,” advocates Dr. Saïd Afif.

Remarks confirmed by Dr. Tayeb Hamdi, president of the Nationwide Union of Basic Drugs (SNMG). “This 12 months, extra flu instances to be anticipated. Initially as a result of the flu virus mutates yearlyafter which as a result of we spent two to 3 years with barrier measures. Some folks had been due to this fact not contaminated. Due to this fact, their immune reminiscence begins to overlook this virus.”

“As there are not any extra barrier measures, there’ll in all probability be many extra instances this winter. Furthermore, Australia this 12 months recorded the strongest flu season for 5 years”, continues Dr Tayeb Hamdi.

“Individuals affected by persistent ailments, corresponding to diabetes, weight problems and most cancers, should imperatively be vaccinated, in addition to folks aged over 65, kids over six months outdated, pregnant girls, but in addition well being professionals.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 folks yearly worldwide,” he warns.

Be careful for co-infection

Dr Saïd Afif additionally informs that “many instances of co-infection of Covid and seasonal flu have been recorded within the final 12 months. Persons are due to this fact additionally referred to as to proceed their anti-Covid vaccination to keep away from severe instances 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 Heart for Public Well being Emergency Operations on the Ministry of Well being, had thought of “very doubtless” the prevalence of one other wave through 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 main vaccinees and 23.4 million individuals who have obtained the second dose. The administration of the D3 is barely 6.79 million folks, towards 47,516 folks for the D4.

A quadrivalent vaccine at 125 DH in pharmacies

Reached by Médias24, a supply from Sanofi Pasteur confides that the vaccine which might be out there in pharmacies is the “Vaxigrip Tetra”. It’s the similar quadrivalent influenza vaccine administered final 12 months in Morocco. “It accommodates 4 strains of influenza virus. It due to this fact permits broader safety, higher adaptation to epidemiological developments in addition to substantial benefits by way of public well being: discount in instances 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” towards 300,000 final 12 months. This amount might be supposed specifically 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”. In keeping with our supply, it’s set at 125.30 MAD.

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