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Influenza: Health promotes the importance of vaccination and calls for population commitment

This year’s influenza vaccination campaign, which began last Monday, April 12, has recorded a drop in adherence for the first few days in Campinas. Of the initial public of 145,000, only 3,148 (2.17%) had been vaccinated as of noon on Thursday, April 15th. The expectation was that 20% of the public would be vaccinated in the first week. The data was released on Friday, the 16th, by Mayor Dario Saadi, during a live broadcast on the Internet.

At this current stage, children aged six months to less than six years, pregnant women, postpartum women (women up to 45 days after birth), health workers and indigenous peoples should be vaccinated. Elderly people will be vaccinated in the second phase starting May 11. The goal is to vaccinate 90% of this audience.

We are concerned with adhering to the first days of vaccination. Influenza is a respiratory syndrome that can be dangerous. When people visit health centers, the cases of coronavirus and influenza are very similar, and therefore, it is difficult to make a diagnosis. In addition, the flu can lead to the need for hospitalization in a hospital system that is already in grave danger, ”Health Minister Layer Zampon said.

He emphasized that the child is the largest vector of influenza. It can contaminate people for up to 14 days. It is very important for parents to take their children to be vaccinated. In this way, it will have fewer vectors for adults, and as a result, there will be a decrease in the incidence of influenza-like syndromes, with a decrease in hospitalizations, complications and infant mortality. If there is an epidemic of influenza-like syndromes in children, we will have to find space for children to conduct these hospitalizations and this will be very complex, as we use almost all the material space and human resources for Covid, ”he warned.

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Zampon confirmed that the city’s health centers are being supplied with vaccines and prepared to receive the target audiences for the campaign in a safe manner. It also strengthened the importance of immunizing the population against influenza viruses to reduce the pressure on the health system by entering new hospitals.

The mayor emphasized: “It is very important that people be vaccinated against influenza. It appears to be a simple disease, without complications, but it is not. Influenza causes many deaths and hospitalizations every year.”

Where to get vaccinated

To receive the vaccination, people must search for the health center closest to their home. You must bring a photo ID, and if you have a vaccination card. To find the address, simply call 156 or arrive The site shows the closest unit, times of application of doses, and availability of the vaccine.

Health professionals are vaccinated in public and private hospitals, health centers and the Mario Gatti network in their workplaces. Other health professionals, such as those who work in clinics and are self-employed, will also be vaccinated in health centers and at designated flight stations, through April. The locations will be announced soon.

This year, due to the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, which is also being carried out, elderly people over the age of 60 and teachers will be vaccinated in the second phase, which is scheduled to start on May 11.

People with comorbidities (chronic and other diseases), those with permanent disabilities, and other populations will be vaccinated in the third phase, scheduled for June 9.

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More information about the influenza vaccination campaign is available at // .