The vaccination campaign started in early September.
Today, the Nizhny Novgorod branch of Rossiyskaya Gazeta hosted a live stream dedicated to seasonal influenza vaccination.
It was attended by:
Lyudmila Bashkatova, Chief Epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health of the Nizhny Novgorod Region; Natalya Savitskaya, Chief Physician, Nizhny Novgorod Regional Center for Public Health and Medical Prevention; Dmitry Pichkov, head of the polyclinic, GBUZ NO "City Hospital 33, Leninsky District of Nizhny Novgorod", chief freelance therapist of the Ministry of Health of the Nizhny Novgorod Region; Vasily Fedotov, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Assistant of the Department of Hospital Therapy, Privolzhsky Research Medical University of the Ministry of Health of Russia, Chief Freelance Pulmonologist of the Ministry of Health of the Nizhny Novgorod Region.
Last season, about 1.1 million residents of the Nizhny Novgorod region were vaccinated against influenza. This year, the region received two domestically produced vaccines - Sovigrip and Flu-M.
“Vaccines renew their strain composition every year, there is no difference in the quality of immunity between imported and domestically produced vaccines,” stressed Lyudmila Bashkatova.
The vaccination campaign started in early September. It takes about four weeks for the body to develop immunity to the influenza virus. It will last for about 12 months, so it is recommended to get vaccinated against the flu virus every year, which is actively mutating.
“Vaccinations can be compared to insurance. If the disease begins, it will be much easier. The vaccination can be done in polyclinics at the place of residence, at some enterprises, in educational institutions and in a number of shopping centers in Nizhny Novgorod and Kstov,”explained Natalya Savitskaya.
In order to get vaccinated, the easiest way is to contact the polyclinic at your place of residence: as a rule, the issue will be resolved within 1 2 days. There are also mobile vaccination teams operating in the region, which will be able to vaccinate at-home citizens at risk.
Experts are confident that vaccination can save you from the severe consequences of influenza, which include viral pneumonia.
“Recent studies have shown that CT scans cannot distinguish between influenza pneumonia and COVID-19. The consequences of pneumonia, if a person was cured, last a whole year, this is a very serious disease. And vaccination is a life-saving technology,”emphasized Vasily Fedotov.
He also explained that it is important to stay physically active during the onset of seasonal illnesses, as movement activates the immune system.
According to Dmitry Pichkov, out of the total number of patients who die from complications of the flu, 99 percent of people are not vaccinated.
“Vaccination is one of the few methods of treatment that allows you to defeat or take control of many dangerous diseases. The risk of complications is minimized in people who received a timely vaccination against influenza,”he said.
It is imperative that people from risk groups should be vaccinated against seasonal flu: these are adults over 60 years old, pregnant women, children from six months, employees of medical and educational organizations, people with certain chronic diseases. The main contraindication to vaccination is an allergy to chicken egg protein.
“All citizens must understand that each of us has a personal responsibility to ensure collective well-being.You can recall a fact from the 90s of the last century, when refusals to vaccinate against diphtheria led to an outbreak of this disease, including with fatal outcomes,”summed up Lyudmila Bashkatova.