Catalonia will give 120,000 more flu vaccines than last year

Catalonia will put this year 1,570,000 flu vaccines, what it supposes 120,000 more That the last year. The Secretary of Public Health, Carmen Cabezas, explained this Monday at a press conference that, as of this Monday, October 25, people can make an appointment for get a flu shot through the Web, La Meva Salut or by calling the primary care center (CAP). Salut does not know what the circulation of the flu virus will be this year, although he believes it will be higher than last year.

Also, people over 70 years who have received the second dose of covid-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) six months ago they will be able to get vaccinated, also starting this Monday, with the two vaccines on the same day. “Both vaccines can be administered simultaneously. The immune response is good for both flu and covid-19 “, Cabezas has highlighted.

In the case of the flu vaccine, Salut recommends that they be vaccinated everyone over 60 years old, patients with chronic health problems or risk factors, pregnant women, the puerperium up to five months, health workers and caregivers of people at risk, essential workers, people who work in schools and children up to 2 years who were born prematurely.

The objective of the ‘conselleria’ is to achieve the 75% of those over 60 years vaccinated against the flu and 60% of all people at risk. “It is very important to protect ourselves this fall for the winter,” said Cabezas.

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It has explained that, as it did last year, Salut will have this year 365 spaces close to the CAPs (civic centers, libraries) to do vaccination in a differentiated way and that this is not done within health centers. For example, the CAP Rio de Janeiro, since Cabezas has held the press conference, he will vaccinate at the Marie Curie center in Nou Barris. “Even so, every person over 60 years of age who comes to pay a visit to the infirmary is vaccinated against the flu, to avoid double visits “, The director of CAP Rio de Janeiro has highlighted, Jaume Collano.

“The flu is an important public health problem, its incidence is between 5% and 15% of the general population. In closed institutions it can be up to 50%”, he stressed.

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