Influenza vaccination campaign will begin in Cuba on October 11

Havana, Cuba, Oct. 6.- From next October 11 to December 11, the influenza vaccination campaign will be carried out throughout the national territory for children from six to 11 months and 29 days old, with the purpose of prevent serious complications associated with seasonal influenza in the southern hemisphere.

The process includes two doses with an interval of four weeks between one dose and another, for which the vaccines are distributed in provincial drugstores as well as syringes and needles for pediatric age, said Dr. Francisco Durán García, National Director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health.

Likewise, he explained that later the adult population aged 85 and over will also be vaccinated and people institutionalized in nursing homes, grandparents’ homes and psycho-pedagogical centers.

He specified that pregnant women will also receive the drug, regardless of the trimester of pregnancy and maternal age, who will be guaranteed the vaccine until December 31 of this year.

Those asthmatic and diabetic people between 19 and 24 years old, taking into account the prevalence and incidence in 2020, will also be immunized, in addition to poultry and livestock workers with exposure to risk of influenza, prioritizing stratified farms with high vulnerability.

Similarly, the vaccine will be reactivated in patients with chronic renal failure, over 6 years of age with infantile cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis, as well as chronic psychiatric patients admitted to hospital institutions and patient care workers with severe acute respiratory infections.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses, which infects the nose, throat, and lungs, can cause mild to severe episodes, and is sometimes fatal.

There are three types of viruses called A, B and C, but seasonal epidemics are caused by human influenza types A and B. In the case of influenza A they are divided into subtypes H1N1 and H3N2. While type B flu is not divided into subtypes, and type C infections cause mild episodes of respiratory illness, the latter are not believed to cause epidemics, although flu viruses are constantly changing and not rare. that new viral strains appear every year.

The flu or influenza can be contracted by anyone, but older adults, those with chronic conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children are at higher risk for serious complications. (ACN) (Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez)

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