Influenza vaccination has stopped on the eve of early winter

More than 70 days after the start of influenza vaccination, only two groups belonging to the campaign’s priority target audience reached 50% of the target. Immunization against influenza, which signaled a warning by the Ministry of Health on the eve of early winter, will not begin. The season will start next Tuesday (21/6).

The biggest problem with influenza illness during this period is that the accumulation of sick people can put pressure on national health services.

The priority groups for vaccination are children, health care workers, pregnant women, women with puerperium, indigenous people, the elderly and teachers. Of these people, only health care workers and the elderly were more than half of the public to be immunized.

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Overall, 56.8% of the elderly took influenza prophylaxis. 56.4% of healthcare workers.

The data was analyzed by Big cityBased on materials published by the Ministry of Health’s accountability platform, Localiza SUS.

Pregnant and postnatal women who gave birth up to 45 days have the lowest demand for protection, at 32.3% and 33.3% of the immunized public, respectively.

See Percentages of vaccinations by category.

  • Postpartum women-33.3%
  • Indigenous people-45.5%
  • Pregnant women-32.3%
  • Children-40.1%
  • Healthcare workers-56.4%
  • Elderly-56.8%
  • Teacher-42.9%

Low demand is plagued by the Ministry of Health. At the beginning of the month, Folder extended the campaign until June 24th. The action was scheduled to end on July 3rd.

Beginning June 25, states and municipalities will be able to extend their flu campaign to the entire population, but the immune system inventory will remain. The initiative started on April 4th.

This year’s target audience is a total of 77.9 million. Until Friday (17/6), 33.4 million doses were applied. The Ministry of Health has distributed 79.9 million doses.

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Ana Helena Germoglio, an infectious scholar who is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Brasília Center (UniCeub) and an expert in the prevention of nosocomial infections, explains that several reasons contribute to the reduction in general adherence.

Experts cite dengue-related illnesses from late last year to early this year, as well as Covid-19 cases, which have increased again in recent weeks. “Many people have Covid, so they prioritize this illness,” he emphasizes.

But Anna Helena Germoglio has criticized the campaign to attract people. “We are making a public call that is far below what we should have. People forget that the flu can progress to a serious condition,” he thinks.

Doctors believe that the fact that pregnant and postpartum women have low immunity is a concern. “They need to be vaccinated to break the infection cycle,” he concludes.

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