Bologna, 23 October 2021 – There is not only the anti Covid vaccination: with the arrival of winter it is essential to start the campaign of flu vaccination, always important, but especially in times of pandemics, given that the symptoms of the coronavirus dangerously resemble those of normal flu.
In Emilia Romagna we start from Monday October 25 and there are available one and a half million doses. The goal is to give influenza vaccination coverage to 75% of over-sixty-four-year-olds. The trends for pregnant women and for people with chronic diseases are on the rise, while there is a further improvement in the coverage of healthcare personnel (for more information, see the new regional website https: //www.vaccino-antinfluenzale). it).
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The supply of the doses will be completed by the end of November: the priority you will great seniors, to high subjects risk for pathology o exposure of all ages, due to pathological, physiological (pregnancy) conditions or occupational exposure.
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“Getting vaccinated against seasonal flu is a gesture of important prevention – reminds the regional councilor for health policies, Raffaele Donini – especially for those at risk. The main objective is to reduce the possible complications, but also, given the situation linked to the pandemic, to simplify the diagnosis and management of suspected cases of Covid-19. The flu vaccine – concludes Donini – makes us stronger against a disease, which is very contagious, which unfortunately can be dangerous “.
Influenza vaccine, for those who are free
Vaccination is free for over 64s with or without chronic diseases, for patients with chronic diseases of any age, for pregnant women, regardless of gestational age, or post-partum. At the request of the interested parties, even healthy subjects falling within the 60-64 age group do not pay.
Free admission is also provided for doctors, health and social-health workers, volunteers from the health / social-health sector, employees of essential services (such as teachers, law enforcement, public transport workers), blood donors, staff from farms and slaughterhouses. The goal is to reach 75% of vaccinated over-sixty-year-olds (in the past season the threshold of 70% was exceeded, with an increase of 13.2%) and confirm the increasing trend in coverage relating to pregnant women, to subjects with diseases chronic of any age, to healthcare personnel.
How the vaccination campaign will take place
The campaign will therefore start on Monday 25 October. It is the responsibility of the Health Authorities to provide general practitioners with the list of names of patients with pathologies at risk and of those aged 65 and over; for citizens between 60 and 65 years still to be completed, the vaccination is given free of charge at the request of the interested party.
The vaccine can be administered at any time during the flu season, even if the citizen arrives after December 31, 2021.
It will be the Local Health Units that will provide the treating physicians with the doses of vaccine necessary to vaccinate patients belonging to the categories at risk.
The administration of the vaccine to people who do not fall into the categories at risk can be carried out by the Ausl at a later time, and only on condition that the vaccination of the categories for which the ministry provides for the free active offer is guaranteed as a matter of priority. In these cases, since these are optional services and not included in the essential levels of assistance, the payment of 24 euros per administration (including the cost of the vaccine borne by the Region) is applied.
Not just the flu shot. Pneumococcal vaccination is actively offered (with direct communication by the Companies to the recipients) and free of charge in pediatric age (during the first year of life), to people of any age with chronic diseases that represent a risk factor for the development of invasive pneumococcal diseases and, from 2017, to people who turn 65 this year.
Also in this case the vaccines are delivered by the Local Health Units to general practitioners, who will be able to administer the vaccines throughout the year.
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