The flu vaccination campaign will begin on October 15th in the Canary Islands
The Minister of Health of the Canary Islands, Blas Trujillo, and the head of the Epidemiology section of the General Directorate of Public Health, Amos García, who is also president of the Spanish Association of Vaccinations, have presented the ‘2020-21 flu campaign’ today, which will begin on October 15th, and is more important than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trujillo stressed that the vaccine is the most effective means to avoid contracting or transmitting the flu, and obviously with this vaccination will reduce the possibility of confusion with Covid-19. "In this way we can reduce stress and the risk of collapse in our healthcare system, due to the coexistence of these two diseases."
The flu is one of the infectious diseases of acute respiratory transmission with the highest incidence in the Canary Islands. Last flu season there were 250 serious cases and 36 deaths.
"We have acquired 320,000 doses for this campaign, which will be supplemented with 60,000 that the Ministry of Health will provide in its strategic reserve. This means we will have approximately 120,000 more doses than last year."
“What we intend above all in this campaign, is to increase the percentages of vaccination of the most vulnerable groups, in this case we are talking about those over 60 years of age, people diagnosed with clinical pathologies of any age to prevent complications, pregnant women, and health personnel and those who care for the elderly, disabled and dependents.!
Garcia stressed the importance of having a vaccination this season. “Getting vaccinated for the flu for people at risk is very important in the first place for people over 60 to 65 years of age, which in the Canary Islands ranges between 53 and 57%, every year they have complications, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths derived from the flu usually in unvaccinated people. If to this scenario is added the possible complications derived from the SARS-COV2 infection, it is not appealing.”
“It also generates greater stress on the health system. Also because we could generate diagnostic problems between influenza and SARS-COV2, that we could avoid if we had the population vaccinated. Likewise, I can be infected with the flu and develop a viral picture due to not having been vaccinated, and at the same time I can be vulnerable and receive an infection by SARS-COV2 or have a co-infection, which would make it difficult to resolve my clinical status."