The seasonal flu vaccination campaign began on September 16, 2021 and will continue until January 31, 2022. In view of the current health situation linked to the circulation of the coronavirus, the ARS of Mayotte and the Social Security Fund of Mayotte (CSSM) recall the importance of strengthening barrier measures to limit the transmission of this disease in order to protect themselves, those around them, and especially the most vulnerable people.
For the second year in a row, Mayotte benefits from the same background as the northern hemisphere. This means that the proposed vaccine has a more recent composition to prevent the onset of early influenza epidemics on the island. Fragile people (elderly people, people with certain chronic diseases, pregnant women, etc.) benefit from 100% coverage of the vaccine by the CSSM. They are therefore invited to be vaccinated without delay.
Campaign review, 2020-2021 season
The 2020-2021 seasonal flu vaccination campaign took place in a context particularly marked by the COVID-19 crisis. In 2020, the CSSM counted 8,339 people aged 65 and over, and therefore eligible for vaccination. Only 1,249 of these beneficiaries received the vaccine, which represents only 14% of the 65 and over target.
The seasonal flu affects many people in Mayotte and more particularly the most fragile people. In order to avoid serious complications that can lead to death, the CSSM and the ARS point out the need to be vaccinated for better protection.
Since the beginning of September, the number of visits to the emergency rooms of the CHM and intensive care units for low respiratory infection has been increasing. There are now 14 confirmed cases of influenza. Epidemiological surveillance is continuing thanks to the network of hospital and private sentinel doctors, coordinated by Public Health France.
What is the flu?
The flu is an acute, highly contagious respiratory infection. The signs of the disease are: sudden onset fever above 39 ° C accompanied by stiffness and respiratory signs.
The flu spreads:
– by air, when coughing, sneezing, or postilions
– through close contact with an infected person (when kissing or shaking hands)
– by contact with objects touched and therefore contaminated by a sick person (example: a door handle)
In the current context of COVID-19, the High Authority for Health (HAS) recommends maintaining the flu vaccination campaign and improving coverage rates among people at risk and among health professionals.
Who can vaccinate against the flu: Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists.
100% vaccine coverage for populations at risk
Vaccination is a priority for the most vulnerable people: people aged 65 and over, people with certain chronic diseases, pregnant women, obese people, those around infants under 6 months at risk of severe flu and immunocompromised people as well as all healthcare professionals. Although it may not always prevent illness, the vaccine reduces the risk of serious complications or death.
A cover slip for the free withdrawal of the vaccine was sent by the CSSM to all policyholders over 65 and to eligible private health professionals (general practitioners, pediatricians, gynecologists, midwives, nurses, etc. physiotherapists, dental surgeons).
The people concerned by this campaign can be vaccinated by the health professional of their choice: doctor, pharmacist or nurse. In the event of non-receipt of the care voucher, it can be collected from the health professional mentioned above.
Please note that the vaccine voucher will not be issued at the reception of the CSSM.
However, the CSSM and the ARS remind you that if you have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, or if a COVID-19 vaccination booster is offered to you at the same time, do not hesitate to talk about it. with a healthcare professional. Indeed, it is possible to do both vaccinations in one session. You will thus be doubly protected!