HSE St. Petersburg Organises Free Vaccination against Flu for Students
HSE University - Saint Petersburg organizes free vaccination for students which will take place from September 14 to October 27. According to Rospotrebnadzor (The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing), Russia is expecting simultaneous circulation of four strains of the flu virus and a new coronavirus wave. This increases the risks to the population health, so preventive immunization is a needed solution.
Student vaccination is of recommendatory nature and carried out in compliance with the decree of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation.
The decree of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation of 13.07.2020 № 20 'On measures for the prevention of influenza and acute respiratory viral infections, including novel coronavirus infection (COVID-2019) in the epidemiological season 2020-2021.'
The 'Flu-M' (split virion, inactivated) vaccine prepared on chicken embryos will be available for students. The vaccine complies with the World Health Organisation recommendations.
Flu Vaccination Schedule 2020/2021 is available on the Social Welfare office webpage.
About flu and SARS
Why is it important to get vaccinated this year?
Russia is expecting four strains of the flu virus (types A and B), three of which have changed. It is recommended to get vaccinated before the start of the outbreak of flu and SARS in the period of September - November.
Is the influenza vaccine safe?
Modern influenza vaccines are highly immunogenic, effective and low-reactogenic. They are safe for people of all age groups and protect against relevant strains of the flu virus throughout the year.
What are the cases when it is not recommended to get vaccinated?
If you have acute febrile conditions, acute exacerbation of chronic diseases, or high sensitivity to egg proteins, it is not recommended to get vaccinated.
How much time do I need to build up a tolerance to flu after getting vaccinated?
A body needs 2-3 weeks to develop post-vaccination immune resistance.