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Flu vaccination begins next Monday across the country

Flu vaccination begins next Monday across the country

The national flu vaccination campaign begins this Monday (23). The government's goal is to immunize 54 million people, who are among the priority groups, by June 1.

The campaign was announced by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday (18). According to the agency, the flu vaccine is safe and reduces the complications that can produce serious cases of illness, hospitalizations or even deaths. It protects against the three subtypes of the influenza virus: H1N1, H3N2 and Influenza B.

Preferred groups

Children aged 6 months to 5 years, over 60, health workers, teachers, deprived persons with special needs, pregnant women, women who have had children in the last 45 days, and indigenous people.

In addition, people with chronic non-communicable diseases and other special clinical conditions should also be vaccinated.

D-day

According to the Ministry of Health, on May 12 the national mobilization will take place, 65 thousand vaccination posts will be opened, of which 37 thousand will be routine and 28 thousand flyers, with the involvement of 240 thousand people. As of April 9, the doses acquired by the Ministry of Health are being distributed to the states, which are responsible for transferring to the municipalities for the realization of the campaign. By April 20, 17.2 million doses will have been sent to the states, representing 41% of the delivery of the campaign. In total, eight dose shipments were scheduled for shipment by May 25, totaling 100%.

Cases of the disease

Last year 394 cases and 66 deaths from influenza in the country were recorded. Of this total, 25 cases and 7 deaths were for H1N1, 244 cases and 30 deaths per H3N2, 81 cases and 24 deaths from influenza B, and 44 cases and 5 deaths from influenza A, not subtyped. In all of 2017, 2,691 cases and 498 deaths from influenza were recorded.

In 2018, until April 14, there were 392 cases of influenza throughout the country, with 62 deaths. Of the total, 190 cases and 33 deaths were due to H1N1. In relation to the H3N2 virus, 93 cases and 15 deaths were recorded. There were still 62 cases and 6 deaths from influenza B and the other 47 cases and 8 deaths from influenza A, not subtyped.


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