Is the flu vaccine (really) safe?

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Vaccination against influenza is strongly recommended for pregnant women and frail people. We take stock of the vaccine.

According to a report released by the Federation of Pharmacists (FSPF), this Tuesday, November 19, 2019, about 1 million French have already been vaccinated against the flu in pharmacies!

Vaccination against influenza is strongly recommended for pregnant women, people over 65, people with chronic diseases (COPD, diabetes, respiratory or renal failure …), obese people (ie ie with a body mass index greater than or equal to 40), immunocompromised persons and those living with young children.

It is necessary to be vaccinated every year because the influenza virus evolves from one year to the next. In adults, one injection is enough: vaccine protection begins about two weeks after the date of injection. The vaccine is 100% covered by the Health Insurance upon presentation of the voucher.

Influenza vaccine: no aluminum, no mercury

Influvac®, Fluarixtetra®, Vaxigrip tetra®, Influvac Tetra® … Influenza vaccines are prepared from deactivated virus strains – safe, therefore. There are also egg proteins (because deactivated viruses are grown in chicken eggs), as well as formaldehyde and octoxynol in infinitesimal doses (which prevent the bite from getting infected).

Since 2000, the influenza vaccine no longer contains mercury (thimerosal); the influenza vaccine is also part of the 26 non-aluminum vaccines used in France.

In a person who is not allergic to eggs, “ adverse effects of influenza vaccines are mild and transient. The vaccinated person may experience pain with redness at the injection site, muscle pain, headache and mild fever. More serious allergic reactions are extremely rare “says the Health Insurance.

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