On the eve of the start of winter, vaccination against the flu is stopped

More than 70 days after the start of vaccination against reproach, only two groups in the campaign’s priority audience reached 50% of the goal. The flu vaccination is not taking off, which triggered a warning signal at the Ministry of Health, on the eve of the start of winter – the season starts next Tuesday (21/6).

The biggest problem with the flu during this period is that the accumulation of sick people can put a strain on the country’s health services.

Priority groups for vaccination are children, health workers, pregnant women, postpartum women, indigenous people, the elderly and teachers. Of these people, only health workers and the elderly exceeded half of the public to be vaccinated.

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A total of 56.8% of seniors took the protective dose against influenza. Among health workers, 56.4%.

The data was analyzed by metropoliseson the basis of documents published by the LocateSUSaccountability platform Ministry of Health.

Pregnant women and postpartum women, which are women who have given birth up to 45 days, have the lowest demand for protection, with 32.3% and 33.3% of the public vaccinated, respectively.

See the percentage of vaccination by category:

  • Postpartum women – 33.3%
  • Indigenous peoples – 45.5%
  • Pregnant women – 32.3%
  • Children – 40.1%
  • Health workers – 56.4%
  • Elderly – 56.8%
  • Teachers – 42.9%

The low demand worries the Ministry of Health. Earlier this month, the filing extended the campaign to June 24. The action was due to end on July 3.

Starting June 25, states and municipalities will be able to expand the flu campaign to the entire population, while supplies of the vaccine run out. The initiative started on April 4.

This year, the target audience totals 77.9 million people. Until Friday (17/6), 33.4 million doses had been applied. The Ministry of Health distributed 79.9 million doses.

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The infectiologist Ana Helena Germoglio, assistant professor of medicine at the University Center of Brasília (UniCeub) and specialist in the prevention of hospital infections, explains that several reasons contribute to the low popular adherence.

The specialist cites as an example the disease caused by dengue, between the end of last year and the beginning of this year, in addition to the cases of Covid-19, which have increased again in recent weeks. “A lot of people have Covid, so they prioritize this disease,” he said.

Ana Helena Germoglio, however, criticizes the campaign for attracting people. “We have public appeal well below what we should have. People forget that the flu can progress to serious conditions,” he wonders.

The doctor believes that the fact that pregnant and postpartum women have low immunization is worrying. “They need to be vaccinated to break the cycle of transmission,” he concludes.

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