SC has 28 flu deaths, so demand for vaccines is low

Santa Catarina’s low vaccination coverage has increased the number of deaths already recorded in the state, which has been a matter of concern to authorities. Based on the scenario, a new influenza epidemiological bulletin was published by the Santa Catarina Ministry of Health (SES) on Wednesday (10).

The document showed 28 deaths from the disease. Only a day later, SES announced that vaccination coverage against influenza and measles is far from desirable.

Low demand for vaccines worries authorities and highlights importance of vaccinations – Photo: Cristiano Andujar / PMF

According to DIVE / SC (Directorate of Health Surveillance of Santa Catarina) Influenza Bulletin No. 08/2022, by July 5, 2022, 157 cases of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) had already been reported.

28 deaths occurred in children less than 1 year of age (3.6%), 40-49 years of age (3.6%), 50-59 years of age (10.7%), 60-69 years of age (7.1%) and In the 70s. 79-year-olds (28.6%) and over 80-year-olds (43.0%).

Between December 26, 2021 and July 5, 2022, state guard units collected 845 samples of the flu syndrome. Of these, 68 were positive for influenza, including 49 cases of seasonal influenza A / H3, 14 cases of non-subtype influenza A, and five cases of influenza A.

Children also record much lower vaccination coverage than expected - Photo: Archive / Agência BrasilVaccination coverage of children is also lower than expected – Photo: Arquivo / Agência Brasil

Low demand for vaccines is a concern for the authorities

The vaccination campaign ends on June 3, with targets of 90% against the flu and 95% against measles. The vaccination coverage of the influenza campaign is 35%. Among children aged 6 months and under 5, the situation is more worrying. Of this population, only 17.6% were vaccinated; the coverage of teachers is 11.5%; and only 10.7% in pregnant women.

Measles coverage is also much lower than expected. Only 22.9 percent of the population had been vaccinated. The corresponding figure for children aged six months and under 5 is 16% and for health care workers 37%.

Arieli Fialho, DIVE’s immunization manager, emphasized the importance of vaccination. “We demand so many vaccinations because it’s the best way to avoid measles and complications and even death from the flu. People in priority groups are offered free vaccines at health centers across the state and they are safe and effective. So we trust the population to reach , ”The expert concludes.

Vaccination rates for flu and measles campaigns did not rise to half target - Photo: PixabayVaccination rates for flu and measles campaigns did not rise to half target – Photo: Pixabay

See who can get the flu vaccine

In the case of influenza, all persons belonging to one of the priority groups may be vaccinated:

The elderly over the age of 60;

Health care workers;

Children from 6 months to under 5 years of age;

Pregnant and postpartum women (mothers up to 45 days postpartum);

indigenous peoples;

teachers;

People with co-morbidities;

Permanently disabled;

truck drivers;

Public transport workers;

Dock workers;

security forces, rescue and armed forces;

prison system officials;

Population deprived of liberty in socio-educational activities, young people and young people aged 12-21.

The influenza vaccination campaign uses a trivalent influenza vaccine that protects against three influenza viruses: A (H1N1), A (H3N2) and B.

See who can get vaccinated against measles:

Healthcare workers and children 6 months to less than 5 years of age can be vaccinated against measles. Vaccinations in this population are indiscriminate, meaning that even if the vaccination program is complete, a person must receive a dose of MMR vaccine that protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

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