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São Paulo to vaccinate more than 5 million people by the end of May

Campaign against influenza has already reached more than 6 million citizens, but health posts will still receive the general public by the 31st

Survey of the Health Department of São Paulo, based on data reported by the municipalities of São Paulo, shows that the State has already vaccinated more than 6.4 million people in the campaign against influenza. In order to reach the goal of immunizing 90% of the target public, however, at least 5.6 million people need to attend the posts by 31 May.

The target audience totals 13.2 million paulistas and, in order to reach the goal, at least 12.1 million must take the doses against the virus Influenza . The Secretariat maintains special warnings for pregnant women and children, as half the children and pregnant women still need to be immunized.

According to data reported by the municipalities of São Paulo, 1.4 million children were vaccinated in the 6-month age group to children under 6 years of age, and 221.4 thousand pregnant women, with vaccine coverage of 48% and 49%, respectively. There is also a need for greater adherence by health professionals, whose coverage is 39.2%, with 532.3 thousand vaccinated.

Since the beginning of the campaign, on April 10, 54,300 puerperal women (73%), 2.7 million elderly people (57%), 4,000 indigenous people (75%), 189,100 %), among others.

"It is of the utmost importance that all priority groups attend health centers for immunization, we make a special appeal to parents to take the children to the stations, as well as pregnant women, to protect mothers and babies. Vaccination avoids future complications such as pneumonia, "says the Director of Immunization of the Secretariat, Helena Sato.

"The vaccine is safe and effective. It does not cause flu in those who take the dose, since it is only composed of fragments of the virus that cause the protection, but are incapable of causing the disease, "said the Secretary of State for Health, José Henrique Germann.

According to a WHO (World Health Organization) recommendation, the 2019 vaccine will prevent the target population against the influenza virus type A (H1N1), A (H3N2) and B.

The flu vaccine is produced by the Butantan Institute, a unit linked to the Secretariat, which this year made available 64 million doses to the Ministry of Health for the campaign in Brazil.