In the first months of 2022 alone (up to epidemiological week 10), Espirito Santo recorded 55 cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) of influenza and 12 deaths. Last year, there were 200 cases and 47 deaths. According to data from the Influenza Epidemiological Surveillance Information System (SIVEP-Gripe), 80.8% of these deaths were in the elderly aged 60 years or older.
At the end of 2021, the state recorded a significant increase in the number of people with influenza. For infectious pediatrician, State Reference Influenza Surveillance, of the State Department of Health, Mariana Ribeiro Macedo, vaccination coverage may have led to this situation.
“We know that influenza virus infection is endemic, but in fact, reduced vaccination coverage could lead to an increase in the number of cases, especially more severe cases, in populations with or without risk factors, such as at the end of 2021.
For this year, the doctor notes that the vaccines available to the campaign come with different compounds from 2021, and therefore, it is necessary to update the vaccination schedule for priority groups.
“This year’s vaccine is different from last year, with the integration of two new strains, Influenza H3N2 B Darwin and B Australia. These, together with H1N1 A Victoria, make up the trivalent vaccine, which will be offered by the Unified Health System. Thus, those who have been vaccinated publicly Past and/or have fallen ill and are included in this year’s vaccination, they must be vaccinated again.
What is the flu?
Influenza is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is highly contagious and globally distributed, tends to spread easily in seasonal epidemics, and can also cause epidemics.
Find out which priority groups will be covered in this year’s campaign
The influenza vaccination campaign is divided into two phases. The first will cover seniors aged 60 or over and health workers – and the population, according to Health Ministry data, is estimated at 704,772 people. Vaccination is carried out for the first stage until today May 02.
The second phase, scheduled to start today May 03will be covered:
Children (6 months to less than 5 years old)
– pregnant women ; postpartum
– Indian people.
Persons with comorbidities.
permanently disabled persons;
– truck drivers;
– truck drivers;
– mass road transport workers for urban and long-distance travelers;
Security and rescue forces.
– Armed forces;
Employees of the deprivation of liberty regime.
The population deprived of liberty, adolescents and youth in socio-educational measures, who together make up 778,802 inhabitants in the state.
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