The National Influenza Vaccination Camp is entering a new stage in Brazil this Monday, where 41,800 positions and 196,500 professionals are available for this task.
The first phase started on April 10, vaccinated children, pregnant women and postpartum women (up to 45 days after birth). By this Monday, the Ministry of Health opened vaccination for the rest of the community.
In this way, health workers, the local population, the elderly, teachers in state and private schools can receive the vaccine.
Also people with disabilities and other special clinical conditions, adolescents and young people aged 12 to 21 under social education measures, prison staff and prisoners.
According to the ministry, the campaign will also use 21,500,000 land, marine and river vehicles.
The choice of priority groups corresponds to the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation.
Such a definition, according to the ministry, is also supported by epidemiological studies and monitoring of the behavior of respiratory infections, whose main agent is the influenza virus.
The aim is to immunize at least 90% of the vaccineable groups.
In the Amazon, vaccination begins at the end of March, 21 days before other federal units. In 2018, 17 cases and three deaths due to influenza were recorded in this region, one of them due to the H1N1 virus.
By mid-March, 666 suspected cases were reported, with 107 confirmed for H1N1, in addition to 28 deaths confirmed by the virus.
According to some medical literature, flu is a common viral infection that can be deadly, especially in high-risk groups. It affects the lungs, nose and throat.
Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic illness or weak immune system are at greater risk.
His symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headache and fatigue.