This Thursday (12), the Ministry of Health (SES), together with the City Health Agency (COSEMS), defined the expansion of groups eligible for influenza vaccination (Influenza). From this Friday (13), children aged 5-9 and adults aged 55 and over can also seek antiviral vaccination.
According to the government, the expansion of the groups will mean opening up to another 1.4 million people (695 thousand children aged 5-9 and 735 thousand aged 55-59).
Rio Grande do Sul has already recorded 272 hospital admissions this year, 41 of which have died from the flu. According to Secretary of State Arita Bergmann, “these two new groups focus most on hospitalization among those unfit for the campaign and those in need of 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. In total, more than 4.9 million people belong to the eligible groups listed earlier.
Priority groups: doses used (percentage of coverage)
Elderly people: 1,020,396 (48%)
Children: 145,374 (23%)
Healthcare worker: 170,084 (47%)
Pregnant women: 11,353 (12%)
Comorbidities: 62 670
Teachers: 29,330 (21%)
Total doses used: 1,468,146
trivalent influenza vaccine
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 strains H1N1, H3N2 and type B. Nationwide flu vaccination campaign continues 3.6. until.
Porto Alegre will begin vaccinating new groups on Friday
Porto Alegre City Hall announced after the Secretary of State had determined that it would apply the flu immunizer in new groups starting this Friday. For this, There are 124 vaccination points available.
As of this Friday, the service groups are: children 6 months to 9 years old, adults over 55 years old, health workers, pregnant women, mothers, disabled people, port and transport workers, prisoners, education professionals, people with co-morbid conditions, indigenous peoples and security and members of the rescue forces.