Health continues to grow in health centers, which is also evidenced in epidemiological data from the province's Ministry of Public Health, which reported 52 cases of influenza A, 8 of which are H1N1 and 2 cases of H1N1. H3N2
This month, respiratory virus circulation has been activated and although there is still no precise information on when a maximum number of cases would be reached, experts recommend that risk groups be prepared with immunization and that the population in general put in practice the different measures preventive hygiene and ventilation of environments.
Specifically, in the last report, Public Health expressed that 228 positive cases were reported for different respiratory diseases, with a prevalence of 76% of the respiratory syncytial virus and 52 cases of influenza A.
In this context, the director of Epidemiology, Gustavo Fernández, told El Litoral: "The number of notifications is within the expected, and because there are many pediatric cases, we are working together with the Ministry of Education to attend schools.
In the province, the minister asks us to go to the site, not only to work in health centers and surveillance, but also to go to schools to give lectures on prevention. We take advantage of the fact that we have residency in epidemiology, a specialization that professionals have access to, to visit the different institutions. "
That is why the dissemination of prevention guidelines this year is approaching different educational establishments to advance awareness of practical measures to prevent infections such as: hand washing, ventilation of the environment, coughing or sneezing of the elbow fold, between others.
In addition, influenza vaccination is also performed in schools, but only for children who are part of the at-risk group. Is that the flu virus can only generate serious complications in people with any underlying disease, or over 64 years and under 2 years and pregnant; the rest does not need to be immunized.
That is why experts emphasize the importance of risk groups receiving the influenza vaccine, as it is the only immunological barrier that prevents aggravation and even death from influenza.
In this regard, the chief of the pediatric infectious disease Hospital, Andrea Gajo Gane, detailed days ago that the largest number of cases usually appears among the child population, but this group does not get seriously ill unless you have a case of chronic disease in which should be vaccinated.
The mere mention of influenza A brings back memories of the 2009 pandemic when the H1N1 virus first appeared and spawned a very serious epidemiological picture; However, experts explain that currently influenza A is no longer a threat, since the population at risk can be vaccinated and health personnel are trained in the management of the disease.
With regard to vaccination, they emphasize the importance of putting the dose in groups at risk.
In this sense, the Director of Immunization, Angelina Bobadilla, explained: "In the Capital, you can access the doses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Plaza Vera, and on Thursdays and Fridays, in La Cabral, from 9 to 12 and 17 at 20, and on Saturdays, again at La Vera, but only in the morning. "