Nearly four weeks later, influenza vaccination reached just over a third of the elderly in the area. Of the estimated 65,477 population over the age of 60 in the region’s 17 municipalities, only 22,548, or 34.5%, applied for a vaccination point. The figures are from the 16th Regional Health Service (RS) in Apucarana and are much lower than expected. Efforts are being made to keep vaccines up to date across the country this Saturday.
The elderly and health care workers are the first group to be vaccinated. Compared to healthcare professionals, the figure is slightly higher: 55.9%. There are 7,898 employees, of whom 4,416 had been vaccinated.
In Apucarana, the coverage of the vaccinable population is 30.15 percent for the elderly and 24.51 percent for health care workers. According to Emídio Bachiega, Apucarana’s health minister, low demand for the flu vaccine in the elderly may be linked to the pandemic.
“We realized that they are more focused on the coronavirus because our vaccination coverage against covid-19 is satisfactory. Many elderly people are confused and believe that because they took 4 doses of covid vaccine, they would be immunized against the flu, which is not the case. “The Covid vaccine does not protect against the flu, so this public needs to be vaccinated.
According to Bachiega, at least 6,000 people between the age of six months and children under the age of 5 and health professionals are expected to be vaccinated this weekend. “Our overall goal is to vaccinate at least 25,000 people throughout the campaign and we hope to have 6,000 target audiences vaccinated this Saturday and Sunday,” the secretary said.
This Saturday, Day D of Influenza Vaccination, Apucarana will attend 26 primary health care from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The opportunity to protect against influenza viruses during the weekend will also be extended to Sundays. For this reason, the Lagoão Sports Center does not accept vaccinations against covidium. “All the structures that maintain health in place, either through the driving system or inside the gym, are available to vaccinate our population against the flu from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,” says Femac Mayor Junior. .
Municipalities mobilize children against respiratory diseases
Low vaccination uptake is a concern as it is a recurring trend in children due to the current epidemiological picture of respiratory diseases in children. This Friday, the 16th Health Regional (RS) promoted an online conference that resulted in a regional mobilization to combat respiratory diseases in children.
The meeting was attended by Marcos Vinícius da Costa, Director of the 16th RS; Representative of Acacia Nars, Minister of Health; 16. Moacir Paludetto, President of the Regional Council of Municipal Health Secretaries in the region (Cresems); Apucaranan Mayor Junior da Femac; 16. Representatives of 17 municipalities in the area covered by the RS; and representatives of the Hospital da Providência Materno Infantil de Apucarana and Santa Casa de Arapongas.
In general, participants stressed the importance of influenza vaccination in children and the creation of mechanisms to guide parents and carers to this need. “The situation is critical given the increase in cases, the difficulty of hiring pediatricians and the large capacity in both Santa Casa and the Materno Infantil de Apucarana,” says Moacir Paludetto, Minister of Health of Arapongas.
SESA spokeswoman Acássia Lourenço also stressed the importance of timely diagnosis so that treatment is not delayed, which prevents the development of respiratory disease into serious cases.