Influenza vaccination in Rio de Janeiro is going lower than expected. According to a survey by the State Health Department, only 10% of the target audience, among the elderly and health professionals, was vaccinated throughout the state. According to the data, there are 3.15 million people who should have sought out health centers, but have not yet done so.
Therefore, the state government organized, this Saturday (29), the D-Day of immunization at vaccination posts, against influenza and measles, the last one aimed at children. The health posts will be open all day, from 8 am to 5 pm. In total, there will be more than 430 vaccination points between primary health care posts and extra points.
The address of all vaccination points are on the City Department of Health website.
The delay in immunization is a concern as Rio experienced a flu epidemic at the end of last year in the capital and in other cities in the state. The new vaccine being applied is already effective against the strain of influenza virus that caused the increase in cases in December.
The new stage of the flu vaccine campaign begins on the ninth in the capital of Rio, when the immunization of the rest of the priority group begins, such as highway workers and security forces. The calendar will stagger a decreasing age group per week, with the first 50-59 year olds starting on May 9th.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Mariana Pitasse