Bahia records nine cases of influenza A H3N2, according to data from the latest bulletin issued by the State Epidemiological Surveillance on Monday (13). According to Bahia’s Ministry of Health, confirmed cases have occurred in Salvador and Loro de Freitas, five females and four males, aged between 30 and 85.
“The state and municipalities are closely monitoring this epidemic curve. It should be noted that the non-pharmacological prevention measures used to prevent Covid-19 are also used to prevent influenza. It is imperative that the population continues to invest in the use of masks and alcohol gel. We also have the influenza vaccine, It is the main intervention mechanism available in public health,” highlights the state immunization coordination technician, Ramon Saavedra.
The capital, Rio de Janeiro, announced last week that an outbreak of influenza A had developed into a pandemic, with at least 23,000 confirmed cases across the city.
With the increase in influenza cases in El Salvador, health units No longer supports the number of calls. On Monday (13) morning, there was a protest at the Barris Emergency Care Unit (UPA), and later, patients at Rodrigo Argollo Sixth Health Center, in the Tancredo Neves neighborhood, also complained of capacity.
The document directs health teams to the need to intensify monitoring procedures for suspected cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SRAG). There is also a recommendation to ramp up the vaccine in municipalities with stocks, with the influenza vaccine being offered to priority groups that have not been vaccinated during the 2021 campaign.
This priority group consists of children aged 6 months to 6 years; Pregnant and postpartum women. people over 60 years old; indigenous peoples and quilombolas; population deprived of their liberty; Adolescents who are subject to socio-pedagogical measures; Persons with comorbidities or permanent disabilities.
In Bahia, according to the data of the Influenza Committee of the Ministry of Health, 5,635,200 doses of influenza vaccine were distributed, 4,838,703 were applied during the influenza campaign in 2021, with an average coverage of 94.3%. In 2020, the average coverage was 93.55% of the target audience.
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