There are 28 flu deaths in SC due to low demand for vaccines

Influenza and measles vaccination campaign ends on 3 June and not even half of the ideal vaccination coverage has been achieved

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The low vaccination coverage in Santa Catarina has increased the number of deaths already registered in the state has been a matter of concern to the 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 (11), the SES reported that the coverage of vaccinations against influenza and measles is far from desirable.

According to Influenza Bulletin 08/2022 of the DIVE / SC (Directorate of Health Surveillance of Santa Catarina), as of 07/05/2022, 157 cases of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) have already been reported.

There were 28 deaths in persons under 1 year of age (3.6%), 40 to 49 years (3.6%), 50 to 59 years (10.7%), and 60 to 69 years. 7.1%), those aged 70-79 (28.6%) and those over 80 (43.0%).

Between December 26, 2021 and May 7, 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.

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 vaccination campaign is 35%. Among children under 6 months of age, the situation is worrying. Of this population, only 17.6% were vaccinated; the coverage of teachers is 11.5%; and only 10.7% in pregnant women.

The coverage of measles vaccinations is also much lower than expected. Only 22.9 percent of the population had been vaccinated. Of the children under the age of six months, the figure is 16% and that of 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.

Who can vaccinate against the flu

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.

Who can vaccinate 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.

With ND + data

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