03/19/2022, 12:12 noon, Photo: SupCom / César Ferreira.
Summer 2022 ends on Sunday (20). With the end of the season and the arrival of autumn, diseases related to the respiratory system spread due to the low temperature. Influenza, sinusitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis and cold are the most common illnesses in the coldest periods of the year. (read more below)
Due to the novel coronavirus epidemic, the directive of the Municipal Health Department, through the Undersecretary for Basic Care, Monitoring and Health Promotion (Subpav), is for residents to double their attention in the fall and winter, because people with respiratory illnesses are at risk of contracting Covid-19. (read more below)
The Director of Primary Care for the Minister of Health, infectious disease doctor Rodrigo Carneiro, advises to avoid closed environments and places where people congregate. The doctor explained that “healthy eating, good sleep for about 8 hours, and physical activity also help in strengthening the immune system against the virus,” noting that many diseases can be prevented through vaccination, hence the importance of maintaining a record of vaccinations. Yet, especially for children.
“In recent years, we have seen the resurgence of diseases, such as measles, that can be prevented with vaccines, that is, preventable through immunization,” said Rodrigo Carneiro. Another disease that has already been eradicated, he says, that has occurred in other countries is polio. “It’s a worrying factor for the health services.”
The doctor also warns of the importance of vaccination against influenza, which the Ministry of Health announced to start on April 4. “Many do not take the vaccine claiming that they contracted the flu after vaccination. This is not true. The vaccine is not made of virus, but of viral particles. As with any vaccine, adverse events can occur, which disappear within 48 hours,” said Rodrigo. Carneiro, noting that the influenza vaccine has good efficacy and is very safe.
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