Seasonal influenza vaccine: Priority for the chronically ill and the elderly

A second batch of 180,000 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine will be distributed to private pharmacies and free circulation health personnel. Priority vaccination against seasonal influenza is given to the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases.

The shortage of drugs (some of which are essential to treat chronic diseases) and the problem of supplying these drugs at the level of the Central Pharmacy and the pharmacies of pharmacies are directly linked to the financial situation of the Central Pharmacy and the spread of the pandemic in the world which means that the world market is also experiencing a disruption in the supply of several drugs.

As for the seasonal flu vaccine and after the exhaustion of the first batch, distributed last October, the second batch (180 thousand doses), will be intended primarily for people with a weak immune system, especially the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases …

Amel Ben Saïd, director of basic health care, at the level of the Ministry of Health, firstly notes that there had been a first batch of seasonal flu vaccine last October, estimated at 150 one thousand doses, of which 45,000 have been reserved for health professionals, in particular the paramedical corps, nurses, doctors… and those who provide medical care and who are in direct contact with patients.

“The rest of the batch was distributed to private pharmacies and pharmacies. This quantity was not sufficient to meet the needs and demands. In this sense and from today, there will be a distribution of a batch of 180,000 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine, of which 8,000 will be distributed to free circulation health workers. The approximately 172,000 remaining doses will be distributed to private pharmacies. We have agreed with the pharmacists’ union and wholesale drug distributors that this batch be reserved as a priority for the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases. As such, these vulnerable people can go to pharmacies in their neighborhood to get vaccinated against seasonal flu. The cost of the vaccine is estimated at 16 dinars 200 millimes ”, she informs.

Amel Ben Saïd adds that the elderly and those vulnerable (chronic diseases) do not necessarily have to have a medical prescription from their doctor to be vaccinated against the flu. For anyone else who would like to be vaccinated against the flu, they should bring a medical certificate from their attending physician if the latter deems it necessary to vaccinate them against the flu.

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