The proportion of children admitted to hospital due to severe flu syndrome in Aracaju is high at 114.28%, says health department | Sergipe

The number of children hospitalized in Aracaju due to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has increased by 114.28 percent.

According to the Municipal Health Agency (SMS), an increase was observed in children aged 0–4 years in the last epidemiological week, rising from 7 to 15.

Also, according to SMS, 522 consultations were conducted for 10-year-old children, of which 342 were for children aged 0-4.

Aracaju Health Minister Waneska Barboza warns of the importance of applying for an influenza vaccine to children under the age of six as the number of children who are not vaccinated with Covid increases.

“Although there is warmer weather in our state, we currently have rainy seasons and this change is favoring the onset of flu-like symptoms. At the same time, the municipality joined a nationwide flu campaign to vaccinate children aged six months and under. Therefore, to avoid more respiratory syndromes, we urge parents and caregivers to take their children to get the flu vaccine and protect them from serious respiratory illnesses, ”he explained.

SARS is characterized by a triggering lung infection, and although the term became very popular during a pandemic, it should not be associated exclusively with Covid-19.

To date, the municipal health agency has vaccinated Covid with the first dose in 44,708 children aged 5 to 11 years. In the same group, 24,478 people have already received a second dose.

Childhood influenza vaccinations cover children 6 months of age and less than 5 years of age (4 years, 11 months, and 29 days). Since the start of this phase of the campaign, on 2 May, 2,880 children have been vaccinated to date, which is 7.89% of the target of vaccinating 36,506 children.

To facilitate access to the service, in addition to the 45 vaccine rooms in all of the city’s primary health care units, the flu vaccine is also available in the capital’s three shopping centers. The child’s identity card (RG or birth certificate), residence card and vaccination card must be presented for vaccination.

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