March 25, 2023

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Hooping cough, polio, tetanus … most French people are not up to date with their vaccines

Hooping cough, polio, tetanus ... most French people are not up to date with their vaccines

Less than one in two young people are up to date with their vaccines, a recent study estimates. Potential risk to public health as hopping cough, polio or diphtheria vaccine coverage has disappeared only in our country. On Tuesday, Europe 1, Dr. Jimmy Mohammed recalled the importance of keeping his vaccination record up to date, including children and seniors.

When we talk about hooping cough, when we talk about other diseases like polio or diphtheria, we think that they are no longer natural and we often forget that they have disappeared from us because of the vaccine. Furthermore, less than one in two young people are vaccinated against the disease. The vaccine is up-to-date for less than 40% of people over 45 years of age.

Lifetime reminders‌

However, studies are clear: 90% of the population must be properly vaccinated to prevent these diseases from recurring. Although hooping cough may not appear very severe from a distance, it is a deadly bacterial infection and very contagious in newborns. In the case of coronavirus, each patient is estimated to be infected between two and three people. In hooping cough, each patient infects up to 15 people.

From January 1, 2018, vaccination of children born after this period is mandatory, protecting them from 11 diseases, including hooping cough. The last booster in children is between 11 and 13 years. Recalled in adolescence, 25 years of age, then 45 and 65 years. From this age on, the immune system is less viable and needs to be vaccinated every ten years. The vaccine protects against four diseases: whooping cough, diphtheria, polio and tetanus.

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This last disease is still present, often contrary to thought, and you should be aware that a simple wound with a small pink thorn can spread this infection, which is fatal. I therefore recommend updating your vaccination schedule. Those who want to know more can visit the Vaccine Information Service site.