Influenza Vaccinations Start from 1 September 29th 17:19
In preparation for the simultaneous outbreak of the new coronavirus and influenza, influenza vaccination will begin nationwide from October 1. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare will first receive preferential vaccinations from the elderly.
In the run-up to the flu outbreak, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has called for vaccinations given priority to elderly people aged 65 and over who have been subject to regular vaccinations since October 1, and for older people to wait until October 26.
The reason behind the call is the supply of vaccines. According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, approximately 63 million people will be supplied this season in terms of adult volume, which is expected to exceed last season’s usage by 12%.
On the other hand, only about half of the vaccines supplied at the beginning of October are expected to be vaccinated, and since there is a possibility that the number of people who wish to be vaccinated will increase this season, there is an hope to ensure that elderly people who are prone to severe disease are vaccinated.
Mr. Tamura, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, said in a press conference on September 29, “Because of the nature of vaccines, we do not suddenly double production because of the need for vaccines, and we want you to understand the circumstances in which we cannot supply them to all citizens. We are preparing to secure the number of people in need, such as the elderly and children.”
The Japanese Society of Pediatricians “Consider reducing the number of inoculations of children to one time”
The flu vaccine is expected to increase the number of people who wish to be vaccinated this season due to the effects of the new coronavirus.
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has said it will ensure the amount of vaccines required by children and the elderly, but the Japan Society of Pediatricians believes that there is a risk of shortages when inoculating people of a wide range of ages.
For this reason, the Japanese Society of Pediatricians is calling on pediatricians across the country to consider reducing the number of inoculations to children under the age of 13 from two to one, which is the principle. In case there is a shortage of vaccines, the reduced amount can be used for vaccinations of other ages, such as adults, and limited vaccines can be used efficiently throughout society.
According to the PediatricIan’s Association, the number of inoculations of children is said to be one time for children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years old and 9 years of age or older, regarding the number of inoculations of children.
“With the simultaneous outbreak with the Corona Virus, the number of people who want to get the flu vaccine has definitely increased, and if adults are included, there is a high possibility that the vaccine they have prepared will not be enough.” We need to create an environment where there is no disruption due to lack of vaccines.”
The flu vaccine will begin on October 1st, and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has called for priority vaccinations for elderly people at high risk of because of the severe disease, but the Japan Society of Pediatricians has said that infants are also at high risk and should refrain from delaying the time of inoculation of children uniformly.
More than 600 cases in 3 hours from the start of booking
Due to the effects of the new coronavirus, more and more pediatric clinics want to be vaccinated against influenza than usual.
Of these, “Kaki Pediatrics” in Saitama City began accepting vaccination reservations on the Internet on September 27, but since the start of receiving applications, the number of vaccinations has exceeded 600 in just three hours. As of the 29th, there have been about 800 reservations.
In line with the call of the Japanese Academy of Pediatricians, this clinic is basically reducing vaccinations to children from two to one this season. We make it a point to inoculate families living together with vaccines, such as reduced amounts.
On the 29th, parents who visited to see their children explained the need for vaccination and the need for vaccination, which is sufficiently effective at one time.
The 24-year-old mother, who heard the explanation, said, “I get my child vaccinated every year, but my online reservations are soon filled. After listening to the teacher’s explanation, I thought it would be all right even once. I’d like to take it if I can get inoculated, too.”
This clinic has decided to start inoculation on October 24, but especially in cases where it is judged necessary, it is said that the vaccination will be done before that.
Dr. Hayato, director of the Department of Pediatrics and a member of the Board of Directors of the Japanese Academy of Pediatricians, said, “We are guided to inoculate families with reduced child inoculation. I want as many people as possible to be vaccinated and to prevent influenza with the whole family.”