Only 39% of the elderly received the flu vaccine; find out who is eligible for SUS

According to the latest balance sheet from the Ministry of Health, only 39 percent of the elderly had been vaccinated against influenza (common flu) in Brazil. This means that out of about 30.2 million Brazilians over the age of 60, 11.9 million have already received an injection. Parents are among the first to be eligible for protection, according to a nationwide campaign calendar that began April 4 across the country. In the state of São Paulo, the interest rate is 45.1 percent.

The second group is the group of infants: from babies aged 6 months to children up to 5 years of age, pregnant women and women who have given birth (women in the first weeks after giving birth). The proportion of children protected from children is at most one third. Of the 43.1 million eligible children, only 14.3 million received the vaccine.

Since 9 May, the vaccine has been applied to indigenous peoples, quilombolo, education professionals, people with disabilities and people with other diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

The state’s final vaccination phase begins on May 16, with security and rescue professionals, defense forces, prison system workers, truck drivers, and urban and long-distance public transport workers involved. campaign, port workers, the deprived population and young people and young people in the context of social and educational activities.

The ministry plans to vaccinate some 77.9 million people in priority groups by June 3 – so far only 22.4% of those eligible have been vaccinated.

The vaccine offered by the Unified Health System (SUS) is trivalent – it consists of the H1N1 virus, the B line (Victoria) and also the Darwin strain of the influenza A (H3N2) virus. In other words, the new immunizers have been adapted to the strain that caused the outbreak in Brazil at the end of 2021.

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