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

Vaccinations for the elderly – (Photo: Revelation)

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 campaign was initially launched for retirees and health care workers over the age of 60. Some states and cities were waiting for immunization, such as the capital São Paulo, which began its application on March 27 with a dose for people over 80 years of age. Due to the increase in infections caused by Covid-19, the number of respiratory diseases in Brazil has increased in recent weeks. Therefore, experts recommend protection for the most vulnerable groups as a way to avoid aggravation and unnecessary hospital trips.

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.

To date, the state of São Paulo has given only 357,400 doses to children (13.5% of vaccination coverage), 24,700 doses to pregnant women (6%), 535,800 doses to health professionals (34.5%) and 3.6 thousand postpartum . women (5.3%) and 4.1 million elderly people (45.1%).

The state government aims to vaccinate 90% of all eligible groups, and so far only 40% of all have been vaccinated. Also, according to the state health ministry, less than 20% of children, pregnant women and women who gave birth were vaccinated.

“It is important that Priority Groups look for vaccination points to get the flu vaccine. At low temperatures, the flu can develop into more serious cases, so it is important that everyone is there to vaccinate,” said Nubia Araújo, director of Vaccination at the São Paulo Department of Health. São Paulo City Hall says coverage for the elderly is 47.9 percent.

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.

Vaccination by the public network aims to immunize the highest risk groups, representing about 70% of deaths from the disease. Last year, the flu vaccination campaign started in April and lasted until September due to a low vaccination rate. The end result was 72.1% of the target population vaccinated, but the federal government’s goal was to get 90% of the priority group vaccinated.

In São Paulo, vaccinations for vaccinated groups are available at all Primary Health Units (UBS), Outpatient Services (AMA) / Integrated UBS, Drivers and Megaposts.

Since the end of March, private clinics in São Paulo have also run an flu campaign. Some units even set aside time for home use. The immunization applied in the private network is tetravalent – it consists of the H1N1 virus, the B line (Victoria), the B line (Yamagata) and also the influenza A virus Darwin strain (H3N2). Prices range from R $ 130 to R $ 160 per app.

Check the national calendar on the public network

The first phase – between 4 April and 2 May – but vaccination continues:

– Elderly people over 60 years of age.
– Healthcare workers.

Second phase – between 3 May and 3 June:

– Children from 6 months to less than 5 years (4 years, 11 months and 29 days).
– Pregnant and postpartum women.
– The Indians.
– Training professionals.
– People with other conditions (symptoms of chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetes, impaired immune response, obesity, transplants and trisomies, such as Down’s syndrome).
– Permanently disabled.
– Security and rescue and armed forces.
– Truck drivers and urban and long-distance public transport workers.
– Port workers.
– Prison officials.
– Young people and young people aged 12 to 21 in the context of social and educational activities.
– Population deprived of liberty.

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