Private clinics in Uberlândia should start flu vaccination at the end of March

Several private clinics in Uberlândia intend to launch the flu vaccination campaign by the end of March. Due to the high demand for doses at this time of year, some units are already operating with a reserve list and with the presale of vaccines. This year, vaccines from private institutions will contain protection against the Darwin strain of H3N2, responsible for the increase in cases of influenza-like illness in several regions of the world.

Director of a vaccine clinic in the city, Gizele Maciel told the report that the unit already has 60% of the committed batch and that there has been a reserve list since February. Now she awaits the arrival of the vaccinators, which should take place in the second half of March.

“We expect to have the vaccine in the last week of March. Demand is very high due to H3N2 cases. This has caused people to seek more vaccines. We serve individuals and corporate groups and many companies have already made progress in acquiring vaccines,” he said.

According to Gizele, the clinic’s team of collaborators needs to be augmented during seasonal vaccination campaigns and the flu is no different. According to her, the team must be strengthened so that the public is not harmed in a period of high demand which is expected to occur in the next three months.

Finally, the director underlined the importance of vaccination against Influenza viruses. According to her, it is important that the population is immunized before the onset of winter, which begins in June. “The importance of researching the vaccine as soon as it is available must be stressed. It is very effective if done before winter, so that people are immunized and the virus does not circulate aggressively. Do not wait for the cases to increase to start vaccinating, the vaccine has a preventive character,” he stressed.

VIRUS CIRCULATION
According to nurse Barbara Ferreira Borges, flu vaccination should be done every year, especially at the present time, caused by the covid-19 pandemic. Even with a high rate of vaccination against the disease, the Influenza virus mutates and this increases the number of cases, as happened in Uberlândia at the end of 2021, when the public network had a high rate of 90% flu syndrome.

“Vaccination aims to prevent the circulation of the virus and its consequences, such as hospitalization and death, in addition to reducing the number of outpatient consultations, especially in this scenario where hospitals are a bit overloaded. Vaccination is extremely important to reduce the respiratory impact of influenza,” he said.

The healthcare professional also explained that the flu vaccine is recommended for all people from the age of six months, especially for those most likely to contract respiratory illnesses.

PUBLIC NETWORK
Still without a fixed date, the Ministry of Health, through a note, informed the Daily that it is evaluating the anticipation of the flu vaccination campaign according to the schedule for the delivery of laboratory vaccine doses. The agency also informed that it has already contracted 80 million doses of vaccines from the Butantan Institute, which will be distributed proportionally and equitably throughout the country.

In 2021, the 23rd national flu vaccination campaign started on April 12, with the aim of vaccinating priority groups with the aim of vaccination coverage of at least 90% of groups of children aged six months to under six years old, pregnant, puerperal women. women, indigenous peoples, health workers, the elderly, teachers, people with chronic illnesses and people with permanent disabilities.

Also on the list of priority groups are truckers, road transport workers, port workers, security and rescue forces, the armed forces, employees of the penitentiary system and people deprived of their liberty. These groups are divided into first, second and third stages.

However, according to the Regional Health Superintendence of Uberlândia, vaccination coverage last year was below the target set by the Ministry of Health. In the city, 65.2% of the priority group received the vaccine.

Also according to the Superintendency, the coverage of priority groups in the 18 municipalities covered by the agency was 81% for children, 77.5% for pregnant women, 65.6% for the elderly, 72.3% for postpartum women and 63.1% for health workers.

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