Bolivia continues influenza vaccination campaign


April 18, 2019, 00:02La Paz, April 18 (Prensa Latina) The vaccination campaign against influenza continues today in Bolivia, with the aim of preventing people from contracting the virus next winter.

The director of La Paz Departmental Health Service (headquarters), Freddy Valle, explained that the campaign began in the first, second and third level hospitals and in the five health networks in El Alto, five in La Paz and 34 in the provinces.

Valle said that at headquarters is expected to vaccinate 110 thousand 870 children under two years old, 230 thousand 631 elderly, 64 thousand 672 pregnant women, 14 thousand 525 health professionals and 43 thousand 575 people with chronic diseases such as heart problems, asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure.

We believe that with timely vaccination we will avoid complications in respiratory problems such as bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinusitis and worsening of asthma, diabetes, hypertension and others, he added, and said this year immunization will outnumber numbers. last year when 91.6 percent of the target population was vaccinated.

In this regard, he urged the public, in order to avoid these diseases before announcing a harsh winter this year, to collaborate on prevention measures: ventilated environments, consumption of vitamin A and adequate and permanent washing of the hands.

According to the head of the Ministry of Health's Expanded Program on Immunization (PAI), Susana Solano, the vaccine is given with two doses for children under one year of age, while small ones for 12-23 months should receive only one dose.

Solano indicated that the vaccination will be applied between April and August, the most difficult month of the winter, although later also they can access the dose in the centers of vaccination.

Flu is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system. It is transmitted from person to person through a sneeze or simply with a greeting, and its complications can be fatal.

The main symptoms are high fever, muscle pain, sweating, chills, dry cough, fatigue, weakness, lack of appetite and sore throat, among others.

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