Coronavirus, flu vaccine also for children 0-6 years and over 60

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The flu vaccine, which will be available next fall, it could be recommended for all children from 0 to 6 years and over 60, thus expanding the audience of vaccinables, which today provides the recommendation (and free of charge) only for children and adults with pathologies that increase the risk of complications and for people over 65 years. one of hypothesis on the table of the Ministry of Health, which in a short time should issue the new circular on flu vaccination. This document is inevitably drawn up this year also with an eye to the Covid-19 epidemic, and to the possible (but there is no certainty) return of the infection on a large scale in the cold season. Expanding the number of vaccinated people, experts say, would help avoid what happened in February, when the confounding symptoms of the flu significantly delayed the awareness of being faced with Covid cases. On the circular at work, the new head of the Ministry’s Prevention Department, Gianni Rezza, until a few days ago at the head of the infectious diseases department of the Istituto Superiore di Sanit. The document, before the minister’s go-ahead Roberto Speranza, will probably be examined also by the Technical-scientific Committee.

The advantages

Influenza vaccination for all children between six months and six years of age this autumn would be comforting: rwould represent an excellent result comments Alberto Villani, president of the Italian Society of Pediatrics (SIP) and member of the Committee of experts at the Ministry of Education. We must remember that flu is a more demanding disease than is commonly thought, especially for young children, added Villani. Getting the vaccine would mean that children do not get sick, do outpatient checks, visits to the emergency room and avoid any hospitalizations, he added remembering that another important point to remember is that all health workers must be vaccinated. Regarding the debate on the mandatory vaccines, Villani explained that the obligation of vaccination from the point of view of a people’s health culture always represents a defeat, it would be appropriate for everyone to be convinced of the need and opportunity to vaccinate without resorting to obligation. However, in some historical phases it is important to resort to the obligation to ensure that the population is protected.

Appeals for vaccination

The appeal to get vaccinated against the next flu that has already started in many places: We ask for the mandatory vaccination of flu shots for children from 6 months to 14 years. We ask for it now, for September-October, when the ministerial circular that normally indicates the groups concerned is issued, he says Giuseppe Mele, president of the Italian Society of Pediatricians (Simpe). The National Federation of Medical Orders (Fnomceo) also moved, with the proposal – presented by the president Filippo Anelli to the Minister of Health Speranza and the President of the Conference of the Regions, Stefano Bonaccini – to extend the flu vaccination free of charge from the over 55 and improve the prevention and monitoring of the territory to promptly identify new Covid outbreaks. The free flu vaccination, to date, concerns people over 65 years, people with chronic diseases and those at risk. General practitioners also joined the choir: Sars-Cov-2 and flu: a combination that, in the coming autumn-winter, could cause incalculable damage, summed up the resident president Simg (Italian Society of General Medicine and Primary Care) ) Claudio Cricelli.

May 22, 2020 (change May 22, 2020 | 4:40 pm)

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