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Annual Influenza Vaccination Campaign Begins in Mexico

Starting on Monday, October 16, it will start with the annual influenza vaccination campaignin which the priority care groups will be children, older adults, as well as patients with a chronic illness.

Before the start of the Winter Seasonand with the purpose of providing this protection to people who may be more vulnerable to influenza infection, the Representation Poniente of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) reported that it will be starting this Monday, October 16, when this campaign will begin.

In this regard, the coordinator IMSS Public Health Assistant State of Mexico Poniente, Jorge Manuel Hernández Gutiérrez informed MILLENNIUM Mexico statethat as part of this exercise the 42 family medicine units and six hospitals of the Institute, which are located in this region, will be participating.

The rest of the institutions that make up the health sector will be added to these tasks, in order to comply with federal guidelines on the matter.

A quadrivalent vaccine will be applied

The specialist explained that the goal scheduled for IMSS In this region of the entity, 431,879 doses have been applied, anticipating that 70 percent of its distribution can be reached in December.

He specified that on this occasion, for the first time there will be a quadrivalent vaccine, which has been designed to provide protection against four different types of influenza viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

Priority groups

Between the priority attention groups are both children between 6 months and one year of age, pregnant people, patients with overweight, obesity, diabetes, HIV, congenital heart disease, as well as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or cancer, as well as people over 60 years.

He recalled the importance of getting vaccinated before the arrival of November or December, as he explained, this vaccine It takes around 21 days to generate the respective antibodies, so this period must be anticipated to provide protection.

“By applying the vaccine we are going to give the viral replication that is being generated an opportunity, those antibodies are obviously going to help us so that in the winter season, they will not have so many problems to be able to face these temperature changes, the earlier we have the possibility of getting vaccinated, people will be covered with this new vaccine.”

Those interested in having this dose can approach the medical units, not only the IMSS, remembering that the priority groups are children, older adults, as well as patients with a chronic illness.

2023-10-12 03:18:00
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