On the eve of the beginning of winter, the flu vaccination is stalled

On the eve of the beginning of winter, the flu vaccination is stalled

More than 70 days after the start of influenza vaccination, only two groups belonging to the priority target audience of the campaign reached 50% of the target. Immunization against the flu is not gaining momentum, which triggered a warning signal in the Ministry of Health before the beginning of winter – the season starts next Tuesday (21/6).

The biggest problem with influenza in this period is that the accumulation of patients can put pressure on the health services in the country.

Priority groups for vaccination are children, health workers, pregnant women, mothers, natives, the elderly and teachers. Of these people, only health workers and the elderly exceeded half of the vaccinated population.

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Overall, 56.8% of the elderly were taking a protective dose against the flu. 56.4% of health workers.

Data were analyzed by metropolisbased on material published by LocalizaSUS, the Ministry of Health’s accountability platform.

Pregnant women and women in labor, ie women who gave birth within 45 days, have the lowest demand for protection, with 32.3% and 33.3% of the immunized public.

See the percentage of vaccinations by categories:

  • Puerperal women – 33.3%
  • Indigenous peoples – 45.5%
  • Pregnant women – 32.3%
  • Children – 40.1%
  • Healthcare workers – 56.4%
  • Elderly people – 56.8%
  • Teachers – 42.9%

Low demand worries the Ministry of Health. Earlier this month, the folder extended the campaign until June 24. The action was supposed to close on July 3.

From June 25, states and municipalities will be able to expand the campaign against the flu to the entire population, while the supply of immunizers lasts. The initiative started on April 4.

This year, the target audience is 77.9 million people. By Friday (17/6), 33.4 million doses had been administered. The Ministry of Health distributed 79.9 million doses.

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Infectious disease specialist Ana Helena Germoglio, an assistant professor of medicine at the University Center of Brazil (UniCeub) and a specialist in the prevention of nosocomial infections, explains that several reasons contribute to low attachment.

The specialist cites dengue fever as an example, from the end of last year to the beginning of this year, in addition to the Covid-19 cases, which have been on the rise again in recent weeks. “Many people have Covid, so they prefer this disease,” he said.

Ana Helena Germoglio, however, criticizes the campaign to attract people. “We have a public call far below what we should have. “People forget that the flu can progress to serious conditions,” he said.

The doctor thinks that it is a worrying fact that pregnant women and women have low immunization after giving birth. “They have to be vaccinated to break the transmission cycle,” he concluded.

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