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Saorín recommends vaccination as it is an effective and safe tool to prevent flu and its complications (14/10/2020)

The Councilor for Health and Public Health of the City Council of Cieza emphasizes that the flu is an important health problem, due to mortality and the complications and economic and social costs it causes, and reports that this Tuesday the vaccination campaign has started in the town.This Tuesday, October 13, the flu vaccination campaign began in Cieza; a campaign that will last until the month of November.

Anyone who wants it can be vaccinated and, especially, those who may be considered people at risk of contracting the flu, especially older people.The Councilor for Health and Public Health of the Cieza City Council, Francisco Saorín, through a press release, has reported that, to express the will to be vaccinated, it can be done by making an appointment through the patient portal (https: / /sede.carm.es/sms/portaldelpaciente), by phone at the corresponding health center: Cieza Este (968 76 25 52) and Cieza Oeste-Las Morericas (968 45 34 55) and directly by making an appointment at the corresponding center, if you do not have access by the previous routes.Likewise, as novelties for this campaign, given the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the need not to saturate health centers, health workers are going to travel to proceed with the vaccination of groups 'in situ', groups at risk and security personnel with exposure and risk and personnel who remain in contact with large numbers of people.

Thus, health personnel will travel to educational centers (schools and institutes), dependencies of the state security bodies (Civil Guard and Municipal Police), fire department, workers and social service workers, municipal workers in general and groups older.Saorín has warned that the temporal coincidence with the COVID-19 pandemic makes flu vaccination especially important in the most vulnerable population and their contacts, to reduce the complications caused by both diseases and avoid overloading the health system.The mayor has stressed that vaccination against influenza is necessary every year for two reasons: influenza viruses have a high capacity to vary their surface antigens (proteins with special relevance in the ability of the virus to infect).

These variations imply the appearance of new influenza viruses against which humans have no protection.

For this reason, the vaccine must be updated every year.

And, in addition, the antibodies produced by people thanks to the flu vaccination decrease over time.Also, Saorín has referred to the effectiveness of the flu vaccine explaining that, according to the Ministry of Health, it depends fundamentally on two factors: the age and health status of the vaccinated person; and the similarity between the influenza viruses that are circulating and those with which the vaccine was made.

He also stressed that it is a very safe vaccine with a high impact to avoid a high percentage of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the flu.

In those over 65 years of age, in the 2019-2020 season it is estimated that vaccination prevented: 26% of hospitalizations, 40% of ICU admissions and 37% of deaths attributable to influenza.On the other hand, the councilor, always based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, has warned that the vaccine is contraindicated in children under 6 months, people allergic to the active ingredients or any component of the vaccine, people who have had a reaction Severe allergy to a flu shot before and people who have a fever or an acute infection.

In these cases, vaccination should be postponed until they have recovered.Finally, Saorín recalled that the Ministry of Health, in addition to vaccination against influenza, recommends covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, preferably with disposable tissues; wash your hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing; try not to reuse the tissues used when sneezing or cleaning nasal secretions; limit contact, as much as possible, with other people if you have malaise, fever or other flu symptoms to avoid spreading them; and avoid contact with sick people to prevent them from infecting us.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cieza

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