The vaccination campaigns against seasonal influenza always starts in the end of september. However, it recommends that the High Health council (HGR), since this year, the vaccination is between mid-October and mid-december. Because of the epidemic of influenza usually occur between late december and early January, as well as the height of the protection from the vaccine, about 4 to 6 weeks in duration, it is better to get the vaccine, and, later, to apply, according to the Council of ministers.
The vaccine, which is now on the market to offer maximum protection from 10 to 15 days after the injection, with a peak level of protective antibody after a 4-to-6 weeks, and then reduce by half in 6 months time. The epidemic of exposure to the influenza virus, however, begins approximately at the end of december and beginning of January, and lasts an average of 8 to 12 weeks. This was the opinion of the Board can be more effective to get the flu vaccine, later than at the end of september.
in Addition, if the Council wants to emphasize that it is a vaccination against the flu is still useful as long as the incidentiepiek (in the event of illness, the most frequently used) has not been reached. After that, it is best to see a doctor or get a vaccine is necessary, according to the Council of ministers.
Some groups, such as pregnant women, people over 65 and for staff working in the health sector is becoming a priority need to be vaccinated.
The High Health council is the scientific advisory body of the FPS Health, food Chain Safety and the Environment.
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