Influenza vaccinations will be extended to children and adults

By Newsroom / Portal OCorreio

May 13, 2022

The extension includes children aged 5-9 and adults aged 55 and over / Photo: Disclosure

The Ministry of Health (SES) and the Ministry of Municipal Health (Cosems) have defined that they will expand the groups that can be vaccinated against influenza Influenza. The measure entered into force on Friday (13). Children 5 to 9 years of age and adults 55 years of age and older can also seek antiviral vaccination.

Rio Grande do Sul has already recorded 272 hospital admissions this year, 41 of which have died from the flu. According to Health Secretary Arita Bergmann, “these two new groups focus the highest hospitalization rates on those who are not eligible for the campaign and need protection.”

The first phase of this year’s campaign opened on April 4 for people over the age of 60 and healthcare workers. The early stages of children over 6 months of age and under 5 years of age began on April 25th. On May 2, other Priority Groups were released for vaccination, such as pregnant women, women who gave birth, comorbidities, and people with permanent disabilities.

The trivalent influenza vaccine used by the Unified Health System (SUS) has been manufactured by the Butantan Institute. The formulation is constantly updated to provide effective protection against new virus strains. The vaccine is effective against H1N1, H3N2 and type B strains.

Nationwide flu vaccination campaign continues 3.6.

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