HERMOSILLO, ARE.- Vaccination against influenza is the primary preventive measure to prevent illness during the cold season, Ministry of Health in the state insists on its application in the population with risk factors.
Gerardo Álvarez Hernández He stressed that the groups most vulnerable to suffering from the disease are children between 6 and 59 months of age, pregnant women, adults 50 and older, people with obesity, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, HIV, among others.
Biological, he said, takes two to three weeks to produce antibodies and to be protected during the coldest part of the year, which occurs in the months of January and February, it is recommended to be provided no later than December.
"Influenza is highly transmissive, that is, it is a respiratory tract infection that is easily transmitted through sneezing, coughing and rhinopharyngeal secretions," he said.
He added that it is possible to contract the disease through objects or areas that touch with contaminated hands because the virus is there, which can be located at home, at work and on the street, such as telephones or metal pipes. .
The success of the flu treatment, he said, is due to the rapidity with which it is administered because, as soon as possible, the complications of the disease are avoided, which consists of antivirals, such as oseltamivir, available to the Secretariat. Health throughout the State.
The drug is only indicated in patients who are aware of the suspected influenza, he said, and it is not necessary to administer it in all acute respiratory symptoms, because in reality, less than 1% of all cases of acute respiratory infection (ARI) can be considered influenza-like.
Preventive measures to prevent influenza and protect your health during the winter:
• Apply the vaccine.
• Wash your hands often.
• Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands.
• When coughing and sneezing, do not forget to cover it with a handkerchief or with the angle that the arm forms with the forearm.
• If you have cough, constipation and / or fever, avoid shaking hands or kissing.
• Clean all environments at home and at work, such as: Telephones, computers, printers.
• At home, allow ventilation and let the sun through the windows.
• Do not forget to warm up, especially morning and evening, if you can use a scarf or scarf to cover your mouth when going outdoors.
• Avoid sudden temperature changes as much as possible.
• Try to eat vegetables and citrus fruits that are rich in vitamins A and C, this will help strengthen the cells that defend us in the presence of microorganisms.
EXP / RED / FRU / DEC / 2018