Under the new regulations, from now on, adults can get vaccinated against the flu free of charge. Vaccinations will be performed until March 31, 2022 or while stocks from the Governmental Agency for Strategic Reserves are exhausted.
Yesterday, the regulations on the method of preventing influenza in the 2021/2022 season were published in the Journal of Laws. According to the new regulations from today, people who are 18 years of age or older on the day of vaccination (about 30 million people) will be able to get vaccinated free of charge at existing vaccination centers. There are about 3,000 of them.
“The current state of vaccination of the general population (age 0.5 – 100 years) by November 5 speaks in favor of taking preventive measures and aiming at using the accumulated strategic reserves by changing the eligible group to persons who turned 18 years of age at the latest on the day of vaccination. 2021 estimated at 1 million people “- wrote in the impact assessment of the regulation.
Until November 5, the number of people eligible for reimbursement did not exceed 250,000. people, “with the target estimated implementation of 3 million vaccinations”.
Vaccinations will be performed until March 31, 2022 or while stocks from the Governmental Agency for Strategic Reserves are exhausted.
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Flu vaccinations protect against complications – says Dr. Ewa Augustynowicz from the National Institute of Public Health of the National Institute of Hygiene. He emphasizes that each epidemic season there are several million cases of illness and suspicions of influenza and several thousand hospitalizations.
Flu carries a risk of serious complications, especially for those at risk including: pregnant women, children up to the end of 5 years of age, people over 65 years of age, patients with chronic diseases of the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, kidneys, diabetes, neoplastic diseases, immunodeficiency.
Flu affects many organs and tissues in addition to the respiratory tract. The most common complications are: pneumonia and bronchitis, acute respiratory failure, sepsis, myocarditis, multi-organ failure (respiratory failure, renal failure, shock), exacerbation of chronic diseases including lungs, heart, nervous system, diabetes), secondary bacterial infections, miscarriage such as also lead to the death of the pregnant woman.
Augustynowicz noted that ‘Anyone can develop complications from influenza, regardless of age or health condition.’ However, the risk of complications is particularly high in the following groups: people after transplants, the elderly, people with asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases, with heart and circulatory system diseases, with kidney diseases, with reduced immunity, in young children – she pointed.
Complications from influenza can have lifelong health consequencesor even fatal due to exacerbation of existing or emergence of new chronic diseases.
Dr. Augustynowicz emphasized that “influenza vaccination reduces the frequency of infections and the severity of the disease”. Most importantly – they protect against complications in the course of the flu – she pointed out. She explained that “people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 at any time interval can get the flu vaccine“. No gaps are required – she pointed out. Experts even indicate that flu vaccination can be administered at the same vaccination visit as other vaccinations, e.g. vaccination against Covid-19 or vaccination against pneumococci. – said Dr. Augustynowicz.
She noted that the effectiveness of the vaccine depends on the flu season. However, vaccinations are the most effective and cheapest strategy to prevent this disease – she pointed.
Characteristic of the flu is sudden onset of the disease, high infectivity and the accompanying respiratory symptoms in the form of: cough, sore throat, runny nose – enumerated Dr. Augustynowicz.
Systemic symptoms include: high fever above 38 degrees C, chills, muscle pain / stiffness, headache, chest pain, malaise, anorexia, nausea, vomiting. Fever and other general symptoms generally disappear within a week, and the cough usually lasts longer (2 weeks or more).
In the case of a cold, the symptoms include: sore throat, runny nose, cough, sneezing, rarely headaches, muscle pain, rarely low fever. They build up gradually and recover in most cases within 7-10 days.