The influenza vaccine is available as of Oct 12, 2021; it is not reimbursed until Oct. 26.
Vaxigrip is for ages 6 months and over. Influvac is certified in France for 3 years and above, though the manufacturer certifies for 6 months and above; prefer Vaxigrip for the youngest.
The United States recommends that all children ages 6 months - 18 years be vaccinated against the influenza virus, yearly.
High-risk groups seen in pediatric clinics include: pregnant woman and their families; the entourage of newborns under age 6 months; and any child (and entourage) with
Please note that if you make a "shot visit," for up to two children, the time allotted and the fee are both one-half the normal visit. Please make a full visit for 3 and more children/parents. A half-visit can't be done online, but via the secretaries.
France recommends vaccinating only those patients with risk factors. As a point of reference, 188 children died in the U.S., from influenza-associated illness. The
simple "flu" can be a more significant problem than many of us realize.
Children under age 8 who receive the vaccine for the first time need two doses separated by by 4 weeks. All children receive a full dose regardless of age.
For infants under 6 months, recommendations in the USA and France are to vaccinate the family and all caretakers in close contact.
The vaccine can be had at the pharmacy without a prescription; all US insurance companies pay for it for children. The vaccine is reimbursed by the French government for all
at-risk children. The cost is about 12 euros.
No influenza vaccine sold in France contains adjuvants.