Only 22% of the target audience is vaccinated against the flu in JF

Elderly compliance is also a concern, as only 32% of this group have sought healthcare facilities

Less than 20 days from the end of the vaccination campaign against the Influenza virus, only 22.26% of the target public contacted health structures for protection. In total, the campaign aims to reach 234,160 people from Juiz de Fora, however, so far only 52,130 people have received the vaccine. Among the elderly, the situation is also worrying. The campaign for this segment started more than a month ago, in April, and therefore attracts attention for its low membership. About 75,000 of them have not yet been vaccinated. Until last Thursday (12), according to the Ministry of Health of Juiz de Fora Town Hall (PJF), only 32% of this age group have been vaccinated, which corresponds to 35,000 elderly people.

With the drop in temperatures in the coming days, health agencies are reinforcing the importance of having the complete vaccination schedule. According to the supervisor of the PJF vaccination sector, Marcilene Costa, as well as on the national scene, Juiz de Fora has vaccination coverage against influenza and the second booster dose against Covid-19 below expectations. Until this Tuesday (17), only 30% of the city’s target audience were receiving the second Covid booster dose, which currently serves the 60+ age group.

According to Marcilene, the high vaccination coverage that the municipality obtained compared to the first doses of Covid-19 was fundamental to change the epidemiological scenario and relax the restrictive measures of the pandemic, therefore it reinforces the importance of taking the two immunizing agents .

For the supervisor, with the improvement of the Covid-19 indices in the city, many people have slacked off and stopped getting vaccinated against Covid and the Flu. However, the positive data reinforces the effectiveness of the vaccine and the importance of having the vaccination schedule complete. “The flu is also circulating in Juiz de Fora, it is a virus that can cause complications and also death, especially in the elderly. It is therefore important that you get vaccinated and protect yourself as soon as possible,” he says.

Vaccination continues through June 6 for the public in the second phase of the campaign, including children six months to under five years old, pregnant women, postpartum women, indigenous peoples, teachers, people with comorbidities, people with permanent disabilities, truck drivers, transport workers, port workers, members of the security and rescue forces and the armed forces, employees of the penitentiary system and the population deprived of liberty. However, seniors over 60 and healthcare workers aged 18 and over can also seek positions to follow the schedule.

The elderly are more vulnerable to the disease

With the arrival of a mass of cold air, temperatures in Juiz de Fora are expected to drop this week, as pointed out by the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) and, with this, there is a tendency for a increase in flu cases. The symptoms of the flu are similar to those of Covid-19, these are respiratory symptoms, such as a runny nose, in addition to body aches and cough, which can progress to pneumonia and other complications, which can lead to hospitalization and even death.

“We can prevent cases from getting worse through vaccination. Remembering that we are still in a pandemic, so we must always follow protocols, such as hand hygiene and, even having the use of more flexible masks, it is important that, especially the elderly, wear masks in overcrowded places, avoid agglomerations if possible and most importantly to get vaccinated, ”reinforces Marcilène.

Vaccine

The proposed influenza vaccine is trivalent, capable of protecting against the three main types of “influenza” viruses in circulation: Influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) and Influenza B. Vaccination prevents complications related to the disease, deaths and its consequences on health services, in addition to minimizing viral load, reduce symptoms. To vaccinate, it is necessary to present an original document with photo, such as a driving license or an identity document (RG), in addition to the vaccination card.

Vaccination centers

Elderly Health Service (Sasi) – exclusively for people aged 60 and over – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rua Batista de Oliveira 943, Granbery neighborhood.

UBS that vaccinate from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

1. UBS Santa Cecilia
2. UBS Industrial
3. UBS Joquei Clube I
4. UBS Joquei Clube 2
5. UBS South Center
6. UBS Monte Castelo
7. UBS Dom Bosco
8. UBS Santa Cruz
9. UBS Alto Grajaú
10. UBS Barreira do Triunfo
11. UBS Vila Esperanca
12. UBS Vale Verde
13. UBS Santa Rita
14. UBS Sao Sebastiao
15. UBS Santo Antonio
16. UBS Granjas Bethania
17. UBS Filgueiras
18. UBS Gram
19. UBS Sao Judas Tadeu
20. Jardim Esperanca Ubs
21. UBS City of Soil
22. UBS Vila Ideal
23. UBS Jardim da Lua
24. UBS Santos Dumont
25. UBS Humaita
26. UBS Bandeirantes
27. UBS Nossa Senhora das Gracas
28. UBS Nossa Senhora of Lourdes
29. UBS Nossa Senhora Aparecida
30. UBS teixeiras
31. UBS White Corn
32. UBS Nova Era
33. UBS Progress
34. UBS Linhares
35. UBS Ipiranga
36.UBS Santa Luzia
37. UBS Park
38. UBS Santa Efigenia
39. UBS Butterfly
40. UBS Furtado de Menezes
41. UBS Retreat
42. UBS Vila Olavo Costa
43. UBS Sao Pedro
44. UBS Sarandira

UBS that vaccinate from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

1. UBS White Corn
2. Nossa Senhora das Graças UBS

The information comes from the Tribuna de Minas portal.

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