Kazakh Health Ministry advises recovered COVID-19 patients to delay getting influenza vaccine
Kazakh Health Ministry recommends that Kazakh residents who had contracted COVID-19 and then recovered should refrain from vaccinating against influenza for a month. According to the relevant ministry, there is a risk of complications should a person receive injection immediately after COVID-19, such as swelling at the injection place, allergic redness and body temperature rise up to 38 degrees Celsius.
“The fact is that there are vaccines that can be used at the same time, and there are so-called monovaccines that work only against one infection, and coronavirus is a new infection. After any infection, a full recovery occurs after 21 days of incubation, but we take one month as a margin,” said Roza Kozhapova, Head of the Epidemiological Surveillance Department of the Committee for Quality Control and Safety of Goods and Services of Kazakh Health Ministry.
She stressed that even if a person gets sick after receiving the vaccination, the course of the disease will be much lighter and without complications.
“Actually, the flu, the disease itself, is dangerous precisely because of its complications. All severe consequences in the form of pneumonia and bronchitis can be prevented by vaccination,” Kozhapova added.
The vaccination campaign against influenza has been launched in Kazakhstan. It will run until November 15. This year, Kazakh Health Ministry purchased a large batch of the drug from Russia. More than two million vaccine doses were purchased for free vaccination alone.