the Department vaccinates against monkey pox

According to the latest figures dated September 6, 2022, France has 3,721 confirmed cases of monkeypox, of which 243 are concentrated in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and 17 in Isère. These figures, it is the vice-president of Health of the Department of Isère Anne Pourtier who recalls them. And this during a presentation of the line of vaccination against the disease set up by the community.

From left to right, Anne Pourtier, Vice-President for Health of the Department, Gaëlle Vareilles, doctor in charge of the Public Health Prevention Service of the Department, and Angélique Chapot, Director of Solidarity of the Department. © Florent Mathieu – Place Gre’net

Since August 18, the Departmental Health Center, at 23 rue Albert-1er-de-Belgique in Grenoble, has been hosting the line in question. The only one of its kind in Isère, it welcomes people “most exposed to the virus“After an appointment on Doctolib. But not proven contact cases. It is in fact at the CHU Grenoble-Alpes that the latter are taken care of, with sustained attention from the Regional Health Agency.

The Department does not work less in concert, precisely, with the CHU Grenoble-Alpes like the ARS. And for good reason: the vaccines, which need to be kept at -80 degrees Celsius, are stored at the University Hospital. Who delivers twice a week doses to the Departmental Health Center.

The capacity of the Center? 350 vaccinations per week. A threshold far from being reached, hence the communication from the Department.

One of the two monkeypox vaccination rooms at the Departmental Health Centre.  © Florent Mathieu - Place Gre'net

One of the two monkeypox vaccination rooms at the Departmental Health Centre. © Florent Mathieu – Place Gre’net

Anne Pourtier reminds us: if serious cases are rare, the virus is very contagious, “and vaccination can stop this epidemic“. A vaccination, specifies the elected official, which is not 100% effective.

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