The Covid has given new credence to vaccines in the minds of Europeans

Posted on Oct 12, 2021 5:45 PMUpdated Oct 12, 2021, 6:03 PM

How will Europeans welcome the flu immunization campaign this year which will start in the coming weeks? Public health officials fear the weariness of the public after the mobilization around the Covid vaccine.

However, a clinical study conducted by Sanofi shows that the simultaneous administration of its overdosed vaccine against influenza Efluelda and a third dose of Covid RNA vaccine does not create any interference in terms of efficacy, nor of safety.

Improved perception

Beyond the particular problem related to this seasonal vaccination, it seems on the other hand that the perception of vaccines among Europeans has been improved by the Covid pandemic, if we are to believe a study commissioned from the specialist in market research, Kantar by GSK, another vaccine giant. In developed countries, 66% of the 16,000 people over the age of 55 surveyed believe that being up to date with their vaccines is important when they were only 44% before the Covid.

We still have to help them. Vaccination of adults, if it contributes to their good health (necessary boosters, occupational exposure, new vaccines available) is not as easy to supervise as that of children who benefit from a vaccination schedule valid for all. In adults, vaccine programs are indeed individual, varying according to age, the prevalence of diseases in their age group, the chronic diseases from which they may suffer, their living conditions (community, pregnant woman, etc.) .

The role of the general practitioner

Ensuring the proper immunization of the population logically comes down to general practitioners, as we saw during the Covid, and it is they who arouse the greatest confidence in the public, according to the Kantar study, in front of pharmacists.

Unfortunately, their training in vaccines remains sketchy, by their own admission: 57% say they had too little training during their studies (one day at most for 42% of them). Also half were confronted with questions from their patients that they did not know how to answer. The study also shows that the countries where people trust vaccines the most are also those where doctors themselves are the most confident.

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