THIS year’s flu vaccination campaign has started in Torrevieja, with the Department of Health aiming to vaccinate more than 30,000 people.
There are vaccination points in all public health centre from Rojales to Pilar de la Horadada.
Vicente García Román, head of Preventive Medicine at the Hospital de Torrevieja, explains that “it is very important that vaccination is carried out every year. Firstly because the protection decreases with the passage of time, and secondly, because the flu virus changes from year to year. For this reason the composition of the vaccine is reviewed and updated every year.”
Dr. Román adds that “flu vaccines are very safe – they are inactivated vaccines that cannot cause the disease. It is important to emphasize this fact and put an end to false and old beliefs. Like any vaccine, protection after vaccination administration is not immediate, the antibodies take about two weeks to develop, and for this reason the vaccine campaign begins at the end of October (before the first cases of influenza appear).”
Nurse consultations for vaccinations of all the Health Centres and Peripheral Offices of the Department are available during the campaign that will continue until January 31, 2020.
The impact of influenza, in terms of infections and mortality, is high and therefore, annual vaccination is a measure especially recommended for people at high-risk of developing complications.
The risk groups to be vaccinated in the 2019-2020 flu season are as follows:
- Elderly people, from 65 years of age.
- People under 65 who are at high risk of complications from the flu.
- Adults with chronic cardiovascular, neurological or respiratory diseases.
- Adults with diabetes mellitus, morbid obesity, chronic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome, chronic liver disease or severe neuromuscular disease and immunosuppression.
- Children between six months and 18 years who receive prolonged treatment with acetylsalicylic acid, due to the possibility of developing a Reye syndrome after the flu.
- Pregnant women.
- People who can transmit flu to those who have a high risk of complications: health centre and hospital staff. People who work in geriatric institutions. People who provide home care to high-risk or elderly patients and people living in the home, including children from six months of age.