Wednesday , October 20 2021

Campaign against influenza ends this week The Day


Rio – On its way to reach the goal of vaccinating 90% of the target audience, the flu campaign enters its last week. Until next Saturday (15), pregnant women, postpartum women, children between 6 months and 6 years of age, the elderly, indigenous people, teachers, health workers, people with chronic diseases, prison staff and the population deprived of liberty , safety and rescue professionals, should be immunized against the influenza virus. Only this year, 33 people died as a result of the disease in the state. The number is worrying, since it is already higher than all the accumulated of the previous year, when there were 28 deaths. According to the State Department of Health, vaccination coverage reached 74.73% of the public, which represents 3.6 million people vaccinated. According to data from the Ministry of Health, the state of Rio had the lowest demand for the vaccine since the beginning of the campaign.

In the capital the number is higher. Until yesterday, coverage had reached 82.1% of the vaccination target of the priority group, which follows a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) for being groups more susceptible to aggravation of respiratory diseases. Among teachers and people with chronic diseases, the goal has already been achieved. However, according to the Municipal Health Department, the index is still low among children, only 60%. At the end of the campaign, the ministry is considering expanding the vaccine offer to all citizens.

According to the Municipal Health Department (SMS), influenza cases are not compulsory, but complications such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). This year, there were 13 cases of SARS due to H1N1 Influenza. Being four deaths. It is worth remembering that the trivalent vaccine, offered by the Unified Health System (SUS), protects the patient against H1N1, H3N2 and B-type influenza.

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