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Health studies putting the booster dose together with the flu vaccine if necessary

A healthcare professional administering a vaccine (Photo: Álex Cámara / NurPhoto via .)

The general director of Public Health of the Ministry of Health, Pilar Aparicio, explained this Wednesday that it is being studied that, in the event that an additional dose of covid vaccines has to be administered to some groups such as the elderly, it is match the prick with the flu. This will be one of the great debates at the meeting of the Interterritorial Health Council this Wednesday.

Aparicio has presented this idea in an informative meeting organized by the Platform of Patient Organizations (POP), where he explained that there is no rush to start flu vaccination, among other issues because they are waiting to see if it is done. coincide with the administration of the additional dose.

When we are clear if an additional dose is going to be given to the elderly, we will accompany it with the flu vaccine to facilitate

“When we are clear if an additional dose is going to be given to the elderly, we will accompany it with the flu vaccine to facilitate vaccination both in primary care centers and residences,” he explained, although he made it clear that the decision over that booster dose is not taken.

A measure implemented in several countries

The objective is to first study whether the third prick -second in the case of Janssen or vaccinated people who have passed the covid- is beneficial and necessary. “The technicians are working very hard,” added Aparicio. In addition, he has set the end of October or the beginning of November as the date to start the flu campaign.

However, there are countries that have already taken the step. For example, the United Kingdom has agreed to administer a booster vaccine to those over 50, while Israel made the decision in the midst of the delta variant, months ago.

Recently, a group of scientists has spoken out against administering a third dose to the general population through an article in the specialized journal The Lancet.

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This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.

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