A doctor prepares a syringe as part of the start of the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign in Nice, France October 24, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Influenza vaccination rates in Lebanon are far below those recommended by doctors, putting many in the country at risk as the 2018-19 flu season approaches.Flu season in Lebanon could be even more dangerous per capita.The influenza vaccine in Lebanon is known as "vaccine grippe," she said."So [patients] think, 'I can get the cold, take soup at home and a hot beverage and I'll be well,'" and that they have no need for the vaccine, Romani said. Some pharmacists capitalize on this confusion and market the influenza vaccine as a vaccine for the common cold, she added. It recommends that all able individuals take the influenza vaccine annually, ideally between September and December.At LL24,000 ($16), this year's flu vaccine is roughly LL10,000 more expensive than the last, Romani said, because while last year's vaccine only had to cover two seasonal flu viruses, this year's has had to cover four.
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