Rio de Janeiro registers more than 6,500 cases of H3N2 flu in just one week

In just one week, Rio registered more than 6,500 cases of the flu caused by the virus Influenza A (H3N2), according to information from the Municipal Health Department of the city of Rio de Janeiro. There are, this Thursday (25), 23 children hospitalized in the public service network with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SRAG).

Earlier, the municipal secretary of Health, Daniel Soranz, made a new call on social networks for the population of Rio to attend health centers in order to receive the flu vaccine. He admitted that the city is experiencing an unexpected outbreak on the eve of summer, but said the increase in cases is a consequence of low coverage of immunization.

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The Secretariat informed that there is no longer a need to wait two weeks between the doses of vaccine against covid-19 and to protect yourself from the flu. They can even be taken on the same day, according to Soranz. The vaccine is recommended for the entire population from six months of age.

Earlier this week, SMS reported that the immunization campaign against the flu did not reach the target of 90% expected in June and that currently only 60% of the target audience in the capital is vaccinated. There are, according to the SMS, approximately 400 thousand doses still unused due to lack of demand at health centers.

Cities

According to the State Health Department, there is a fear that cases in the capital, where there is already an outbreak, according to the SMS, will spread to municipalities in the Metropolitan Region of the state of Rio. Nova Iguaçu, Magé, São Gonçalo are municipalities that they begin to have high cases and, therefore, they entered the state secretariat’s radar.

mayor with flu

Earlier, the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Pais (PSD), posted on social media that he was “ruling virtually”. He reported that he was tested and diagnosed with the Influenza A virus.

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Symptoms

Anyone who took the flu vaccine is not free from contracting the virus, but symptoms tend to appear milder. Symptoms of H3N2 flu include headache, fever, muscle pain, dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, and shortness of breath. Testing to exclude the diagnosis of covid-19 is also recommended, as some of the symptoms are similar.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Eduardo Miranda

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