Flu vaccine given to most at risk groups first

HEALTHCARE

The second supply is being distributed but for the moment priority remains to the categories at risk – Emergency stock has been requested said Giovan Maria Zanini

 Flu vaccine given to most at risk groups first
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Flu vaccine given to most at risk groups first

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The first stock of flu vaccine doses is underway with an order already in place for the second supply arriving in Ticino, numerous pharmacies and doctor's offices will be restocked by the weekend. What has come to the surface is the understanding of an "overlap" of the coronavirus with the more "classic" seasonal flu (whose peak is expected in mid-January) one worries that getting vaccinated can avoid greater difficulties in distinguishing the symptoms of one disease from another. However, the foreseeable increase in requests made it necessary to have a quota at least until 30 November.

In other words, until the end of the month the flu vaccine can only be prescribed and administered to people belonging to the so-called risk categories. But then what is the plan? Will those who do not belong to this category be regularly vaccinated? We reached out to cantonal pharmacist Giovan Maria Zanini.

"The quantities that are currently being distributed in pharmacies are indeed important, but the bulk is practically already reserved on the basis of medical prescriptions, orders from doctors' offices or homes for the elderly". In short, priority will still be guaranteed to the categories most at risk, but it is possible that even in this case there will not be enough for everyone. During these days we are gathering information on the needs that cannot be satisfied even with this second supply", observes Zanini. "We have taken action in pharmacies and elderly homes and, thanks to the OMCT, in doctors' offices to quantify the need and understand if this" discovery "can be covered by an additional supply that will arrive directly at the cantonal pharmacist's office next week. "It is a sort of emergency stock that we asked Bern to be able to have and manage directly, that is, outside the commercial channels, to meet the needs". Only later will it be possible to know if those who do not belong to a risk group can go, for example, to the pharmacy to be vaccinated. In any case, the quota, including the prohibition of sale to those who come with a foreign recipe (for example Italian), remains valid until November 30th. "If we are sure to satisfy all the requests of people at risk, we could not reconfirm this measure". Finally, Zanini concludes with an appeal: "If there were people at risk who did not report to their doctor or pharmacy, they still have a few days to do so".

Who is it recommended for?

The Influenza vaccination is recommended for people with an increased risk of serious complications from infection and for those who are in regular contact with these people. at risk. These include people aged 65 and over; pregnant women up to four weeks after childbirth; premature babies; guests of nursing homes; people (from 6 months of age) suffering from one of the following chronic diseases: heart and lung diseases; metabolic, pulmonary or renal dysfunctions; neurological or musculoskeletal diseases with reduced heart, lung or kidney function, liver disease, kidney failure, asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen; immunodeficiency.

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