To escape the flu epidemic in 2018 and get vaccinated, it could be difficult because there are already shortcomings in the provision.
- Before the flu epidemic in 2018, the vaccine will be scarce
- The reason for the lack of vaccine
- Some areas are free of vaccines
Before the flu epidemic in 2018, the vaccine will be scarce
No one expected that: the influenza epidemic 2018 is not in the starting block because the vaccine is already rare. More than 15 million doses have been issued, according to the Institute, Paul Ehrlich (PEI), responsible for vaccines. But that is not enough, because there are obstacles in many areas. It is bad: The production is already completed, so there is no other offer. Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated could go out with an empty hand.
The reason for the lack of vaccine
The reason for the lack of medication for vaccination is the great effort against influenza vaccines. Given that for the first time health insurers pay the cost of a fourfold vaccine for the first time, more Germans are vaccinated than in previous yearsIn addition, it was learned in April that the funds are taking over the cost of a tetravalent vaccine. Previously, they only paid a triple vaccine. Manufacturers only had a few months to increase the production of the four-fold vaccine – it was definitely too short.
Some areas are free of vaccines
In some areas, the vaccine can no longer be reached – Susanne Stöcker of PEI admits in an interview with RTL: "There are areas where there are no problems but we also receive reports that no vaccine will get in. The doctor should in any case first ask for several pharmacies, and it can even provide other good care from the city to the city. "She also calls on physicians and pharmacists to fill out the form on the PEI homepage if there is no other vaccine available in this area. The institute then takes care of the problem together with the manufacturer.
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