Following a national determination by the Ministry of Health, Ceará anticipated for Monday, April 22, a new phase of the vaccination campaign against influenza, which by March of this year had already caused the deaths of 18 people in the state, as bulletin of the Health Secretariat (Sesa). There are six more deaths than those recorded in the same period last year, when there were a total of 12 due to the disease, indicated in the bulletins as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The deaths (one of them due to influenza A H1N1) occurred in the Capital, Caucaia, Frecheirinha, Marco and Russas.
In all, 213 cases of the Syndrome were registered by April 2 of this year. In the same time cut of 2018, the bulletin added 83 occurrences. The number of 2019 is 156% higher than last year. However, Pasta immunization coordinator Daniele Queiroz explains that "there is no reason for panic, but rather for attention".
Of the accounted for in this year, four cases are due to the influenza A H1N1 virus and four others caused by the influenza A H3 / Seasonal virus, in addition to 52 by other respiratory viruses, 118 are unspecified and 35 are still under investigation, 16.4% of the total. Already during the same time cut last year, SARS cases with influenza virus, with 19 registries, were the ones that most affected the Cearenses, followed by 59 with no specified etiology and four motivated by respiratory viruses throughout the state territory.
Fearing the spread of the disease, private schools in Fortaleza are sending out communiqués calling attention to preventive care for children's well-being. Last Monday (15), after three students from Infantil 3 and 4, from a school in the neighborhood Dionísio Torres, presented a positive diagnosis of influenza A, the institution advised parents and / or guardians not to take their children to class. "For this reason, we ask for your attention and understanding so that you do not bring your child to school when he / she presents any symptoms of a viral condition, and especially to return to school with a medical certificate that explicitly guarantees a healthy condition for this It has to be said that this orientation has also extended to all our employees. "
Attorney Camila Prado, 33, decided on her own to remove little Clara from her school after learning that her 2-year-old daughter had influenza in the first week of April. "In addition to suspending her departure, I have formally notified the institution about the diagnosis, because it is a space for her to coexist and the disease is contagious. I worried about sharing because I thought that other children could get it too," she explains.
In addition to the classroom, SRAG can be avoided provided that minimal daily care is taken, as explained by Daniele Queiroz. "Wash your hands or use alcohol gel, do not share utensils, air the environments and use the label of cough, which is to cough, sneeze or speak protecting the mouth and nostril with handkerchief or the forearm so it does not have a dispersion of virus in the environment".
Despite having managed to cure her daughter after drug treatment for five days, Camila Prado reinforced the care in the home to prevent new cases of influenza in her family. "Today, we have 70% alcohol in all the rooms of the house to help with the hygiene of the hands or some object that falls on the floor," he says.
Since April 10, when the vaccination campaign began, immunization is available for pregnant women and children from six months to under six. In time, the campaign balance is positive, since until 11:30 am on Wednesday (17), 19,810 doses were applied, which places Ceará as the first in the Northeast and the 5th in Brazil with greater vaccine coverage.
However, this number is expected to increase, as from this Monday (22), the vaccine will be passed on to the elderly aged 60 or over, women with up to 45 days postpartum, chronic patients, health workers, indigenous population, adolescents and young people under socio-educational measures, inmates and prison staff, and public and private school teachers.
Meanwhile, private clinics in Fortaleza reported a 60% increase in demand for the flu vaccine this month compared to March. According to the pediatrician Vanuza Chagas, the assiduous search must continue, especially in this second fortnight.
"This month alone, we have passed 600 doses. What we are seeing is the search for whole families initially worried about children, and this is going to increase because the highest peak of influenza is now due to the rains, which are still constant and there are an increase in the spread of viruses, "explains the doctor.