France will expand vaccination following the recommendations of the High Health Authority

The government announced the expansion of vaccination against monkeypox on Friday, July 8, following an opinion from the High Health Authority (HAS) in this regard.

“Given the spread of the Monkeypox virus, the kinetics of the epidemic and the difficulties in tracing the contacts of infected people”, The High Health Authority (HAS) recommended this Friday to extend the vaccination against monkeypox to be able to administer it preventively to the most exposed “because of their sexual practices or their profession”according to a release. “This opinion will be followed”reacted shortly after Jérôme Salomon, general director of health, during a press conference.

They are worried “men who have sex with men and trans people who have multiple partners, people in a situation of prostitution, professionals who work in places of sexual consumption”the HAS said.

The new categories eligible for preventive vaccination “you can start making appointments next week if you want”Jerome Salomon assured. “A dozen sites in Ile-de-France” will offer it, said Cécile Somaribba, director of health monitoring and safety at the Ile-de-France regional health agency.

Marketed under the name of Imvanex in Europe, the vaccine used is a third-generation vaccine (a non-replicating live vaccine, that is, it does not replicate in the human body), authorized in Europe since 2013 and indicated against smallpox in adults. “We are already in a position to meet the needs of the centers in the coming weeks”said Jérôme Salomon, without mentioning “difficulties in accessing this vaccine”.

Five hundred and seventy-seven cases in France

In France, according to the latest figures, as of July 5, 577 cases have been confirmed, including 387 in Ile-de-France. These cases were mostly in men, and when this information is given, especially in men who have sex with men, or who have had multiple partners in the weeks before their symptoms.

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At this stage, HAS does not recommend preventive vaccination of health professionals who care for patients, considering that the usual hygiene measures and the use of personal protective equipment make “the very low risk of contamination in practice”. However, this vaccination can be considered “case by case, depending on the exposure, the existence of individual risk factors or [la] request “she added.

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Until then, the High Health Authority recommended vaccinating adults, including health professionals, who had contact at risk with a patient. It had been seized at the end of last week by the Ministry of Health in order to determine which populations to extend the vaccination to limit the risk of contamination to people likely to be exposed to the virus.

LGBT+ associations, certain health professionals and, more recently, left-wing parties, had asked the ministry for an extension to men who have sex with other men.

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The world with AFP

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