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H1N1 flu: Brazil registers 411 deaths from the virus

H1N1 flu: Brazil registers 411 deaths from the virus

The Ministry of Health has released a new bulletin that indicates that by April 30 Brazil has registered 411 deaths per H1N1. According to the document, there was a 41.7% increase compared to the previous bulletin, which recorded 121 deaths.

Serious Acute Respiratory Syndrome cases caused by the H1N1 virus also increased to a total of 2085 cases. In the previous disclosure there were 1571 cases.

Most cases were recorded in the Southeast region, with 1279 cases of H1N1. Of this total 1130 occurred in the state of São Paulo and had 202 deaths recorded.

The country began on April 30 the vaccination campaign. According to the Ministry of Health, until next Friday (13), every state in Brazil will receive 100% of the doses of the vaccine. The immunization is targeted at the priority population: the elderly over 60 years old, children between six months and five years of age, pregnant women, women who had children less than 45 days old, indigenous people, prison population and health professionals. The influenza vaccine used in the public network is trivalent, the same used in the year 2015. It prevents against three types of influenza virus and is composed of three strains (virus species): an A / H1N1 strain, an A / H3N2 and a strain B. The Ministry of Health has chosen to vaccinate the population with the trivalent vaccine in the public network due to the prevalence of H1N1 virus. "In view of the outbreak, the Ministry of Health decided to use the trivalent vaccine because the H1N1 virus did not go through changes, so the vaccine remains effective to prevent it," explains pediatrician Isabella Ballalai, president of the Brazilian Society of Immunizations .

Even though the H1N1 virus has not changed, the H3N2 virus and strain B have changed from 2015 to now. Thus, to protect the population against them, the quadrivalent vaccine (also called tetravalent) was created. The antidote provides the same immunization of the trivalent vaccine (strain A / H1N1, strain A / H3N2 and strain B) and has an additional strain B, making it more complete than trivalent. The quadrivalent vaccine is available only in the private health care network.


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