According to a recent study, less than one in two young people are up to date with their vaccines.

The same goes for those over 45, who are only 40% to have made all their callbacks.

The disappearance in France of whooping cough and polio is, however, based on optimal vaccination coverage, recalls Dr. Jimmy Mohamed on Europe 1.

Less than one in two young adults is up to date with their vaccinations, a recent study estimates.

A potential danger for public health since whooping cough, polio or diphtheria have only disappeared in our country thanks to vaccination coverage.

Tuesday on Europe 1, Doctor Jimmy Mohamed recalls the importance of keeping his vaccination record up to date, for children as well as for seniors.

When we talk about whooping cough, but also other diseases such as polio or diphtheria, we think that they no longer exist naturally, often forgetting that they have disappeared in us thanks to vaccination.

And yet, less than one in two young adults is up to date with their vaccination against this disease.

As for the over 45s, less than 40% have this vaccine up to date.

Lifelong reminders

However, the studies are clear: 90% of the population must be vaccinated correctly in order not to see these diseases reappear.

And while whooping cough does not look very serious from a distance, it is nevertheless a potentially fatal bacterial infection in newborns and extremely contagious.

In the case of the coronavirus, it is estimated that each patient infects between two and three people.

In whooping cough, each patient infects 15.

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Since January 1, 2018, vaccination is mandatory for children born after this period, protecting them against 11 diseases including whooping cough. The last booster in children is between 11 and 13 years old. In adulthood, recalls occur at age 25, then 45 and 65. From this age, the immune system is less efficient, it is necessary to be vaccinated every ten years. This vaccine protects against four diseases: whooping cough, diphtheria, polio and tetanus.

This last disease still exists, contrary to what is often thought, and you should know that a simple injury with a small rose thorn can transmit this infection, potentially fatal. This is why I recommend that you update your vaccination schedule. Those who want to know more can visit the Vaccination Info Service site.