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I have been told by some locals that you may be able to get a flu shot this year at the pharmacy where you purchase it. Does anyone know if that is correct or does one still get a prescription, go to the pharmacy to buy it, and then back to the doctor or nurse for the injection?

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Last year you could buy the flu vaccine in pharmacies, some of which will do the injection for you. If not go a nurse surgery and they will do it for you.

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Thanks, I’ll check that out.

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According to the Améli site, pharmacists who have signed up for the program to administer flu shots can do so. You can ask your pharmacist if one or more of their staff is authorized to give the shots. But I think you still need a prescription or a letter of authorization to purchase the vaccine. The local health agency sends out letters to those "at risk" (particularly the over 65 crowd), but apparently some mutuelles also send out letters so that you don't necessarily have to go see your doctor to get a scrip.

Where we are, the nurse who is set up in an office just behind the pharmacy sets up a sort of open office hours thing - usually two times a week - when you can just drop in with your vaccine and she'll do the injection. Or, you can often call the nurse and arrange for her (or him) to come to your home to "do the deed." There is a (small) fee to be earned by whoever gives you the injection, whether it's the pharmacist, the doctor or the nurse.

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Great info. Any thanks.

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If you are attached to the French health system and are over 65 or otherwise considered at particular risk, the letter your receive tells you that you are entitled to receive the vaccine free on presentation to your pharmacist, i.e. you don't need to get a prescription.

This year's vaccine is not available yet, but I think it is usually available some time in October.

And the government is keen to persuade far more people to get the flu shot this year because it will suggest that if you have Covid-19 symptoms, some of which are the same as flu symptoms, it is likely not the flu.

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Thanks, Ever. It’s interesting that the vaccine isn’t available yet in France. In the U.S, they tell everyone to try to get vaccinated in mid-September for maximum immunity. Perhaps the flu season comes a bit later to France. I’ve been looking for a centralize list of pharmacies that offer the injection as well as the vaccine but can’t find anything on the Ministry of Health website or anywhere else. I guess you just have to take your chances and go in and ask.

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Thanks, Ever. It’s interesting that the vaccine isn’t available yet in France. In the U.S, they tell everyone to try to get vaccinated in mid-September for maximum immunity. Perhaps the flu season comes a bit later to France. I’ve been looking for a centralize list of pharmacies that offer the injection as well as the vaccine but can’t find anything on the Ministry of Health website or anywhere else. I guess you just have to take your chances and go in and ask.
Different countries start their vaccination regimes at different times, mainly based on climate in those countries. Not to mention in southern hemisphere countries it is approximately 6 months earlier and not the same vaccine.
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As I recall, last year when the over-65 letters went out, it was mid to end of September, with an announced date when the vaccine would become available in the pharmacies. (About 2 weeks out from when the letters were sent.) If your mutuelle sends out letters, chances are they'll be similar.

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Interesting! I've been told by 2 different medical people to delay the jab until late November, because the vaccine has a limited life in the body and the flu problem in France doesn't start until Christmas.

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