Influenza vaccination for children aged 6 to 59 months, the main novelty
Territory representative Leticia García presented the influenza and Covid-19 vaccination campaign that will start next Tuesday, October 3and the people Residential a week later, October 10will use Total population in recommended groups. A total of 66,057 doses of flu vaccine and 700 doses of niversivimab, a drug that targets the respiratory syncytial virus known as bronchiolitis, will be available in the province. The flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine are administered independently.
Leticia García stated that “the influenza and Covid-19 campaign will start on October 3 in senior centers and will continue from October 10 on the general population in the recommended vaccine groups.” In addition, the representative stressed that “the health and social health personnel will be able to receive both vaccines in the workplace by referring to occupational health services; for the remaining groups aged 60 and above and under 60 with risk factors, each health district determines who can receive them based on their social, demographic and health status The location of vaccination and how to make an appointment. So I made an appointment for vaccination Applications can be made a few days before October 10 through the usual channels: the Sacyl Conecta app, the phone number of your health center and the Castile and Leon Health Portal“.
A novelty in this year’s immunization program is the emergence of a new drug called Nirsevimab, which helps immunize against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), known as bronchiolitis. Zamora has 700 doses of the drug. In this way, children born between March 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024 can receive a single dose of the vaccine.
Depending on the child’s date of birth, the vaccine will be administered in a hospital or health center, so children born on or after October 1 will receive the monoclonal antibody at the birth hospital, while children born on or after October 1 will receive it at the birth hospital. The hospital accepts monoclonal antibody vaccination. Doses will be received in the usual health centers or vaccination centers in March and September.
For a group of infants at high risk for severe RSV disease, preterm infants younger than 35 weeks will receive a single dose of the new drug Nirsevimad before they are 12 months old. Patients with congenital heart disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, or severe immunosuppression will receive this drug before each RSV season, before age 24 months, and at the time of immunization.
Vaccination of susceptible groups
Flu and Covid-19 vaccinations are recommended for:
- Persons 60 years of age or older.
- Persons 5 years of age or older in disability centers and nursing homes, as well as other long-term residents and residents of closed institutions.
- People under 60 years of age with the following risk conditions: diabetes and Cushing’s syndrome, morbid obesity, chronic cardiovascular, neurological or respiratory disease (including bronchopulmonary dysplasia), cystic fibrosis and asthma, chronic kidney disease and kidney disease Syndrome, hemoglobinopathies and anemia or hemophilia, other coagulation disorders and chronic bleeding disorders, as well as patients with blood products and multiple transfusions, asplenia or severe splenic dysfunction, chronic liver disease (including chronic alcoholism), severe neuromuscular Disease, immunosuppressive (including primary immunodeficiency and HIV-induced immunodeficiency) infections or drugs, and transplant recipients and complement deficiencies, cancer and hematological malignancies, cerebrospinal fluid fistulas and cochlear implantation or waiting, celiac disease, Chronic inflammatory diseases, conditions and diseases that lead to cognitive impairment – Down syndrome, dementia and others.
- Pregnant women in any trimester of pregnancy and women in the postpartum period (up to 6 months postpartum) who were not vaccinated during pregnancy.
- People who live with highly immunosuppressed people.
- Staff in public and private health and social care centres.
- and those working in essential public services such as national security forces, firefighters or civil defence.
In addition to the above, it is recommended that the following groups of people receive influenza vaccination:
- Population of children aged 6 to 59 months. This is a novelty in the immunization calendar of Castilla and León. Children 6 to 23 months will receive the vaccine intramuscularly, and children 24 to 59 months will receive the vaccine intranasally.
- Education center staff at any educational level.
- People between the ages of 5 and 59 are at higher risk for complications from the flu. This group includes smokers.
- Students undertake internships at the Center for Health and Social Care.
- People who work on a farm, poultry farm, pig farm or mink farm or come into contact with wild animals.
Specifically, the available vaccines correspond to five types, which are administered at different vaccination sites every week:
- 18,418 doses of the quadrivalent inactivated vaccine – which can be given to infants starting at 6 months of age – is best targeted at the healthy general population between 6 and 23 months and between 60 and 64 years of age, as well as in high-risk groups (Vaxigrip tetra).
- Provide 42,000 doses of adjuvanted quadrivalent inactivated vaccine (Fluad tetra) to the non-institutionalized general population aged 65 years and older.
- 4,184 quadrivalent inactivated units with high antigenic load, suitable for people over 60 years of age in nursing homes and elderly people with a large number of dependents at home (Efluelda).
- 25 Quadrivalent inactivated vaccine for people allergic to antibiotics (Flucelvax tetra).
- 1,430 doses of an attenuated quadrivalent vaccine for intranasal administration, targeting children aged 24 to 59 months (Fluenz tetra, €445,454.10).
Castile and Leon Covid-19 vaccine
The vaccine against Covid-19 to be administered this season is a monovalent vaccine that ensures protection against circulating strains of SARS-CoV-2. Castile and León will receive just over 400,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from the Ministry of Health on a weekly basis until the last week of October, with almost 26,000 doses already given so far Arrival at the Territorial Health Service to start the vaccination drive. Vaccination campaign.
Balance of 2022 Flu Campaign
Regarding the balance of the regional campaign for 2022, a total of 720,492 people have been vaccinated against influenza in Castile and León, of which 58,280 are in Zamora, accounting for 34.71% of those immunized, the fifth most vaccinated province. its population.
The proportion of people vaccinated varies by age, with nearly 85% of people over 75 being vaccinated last year, the highest proportion among the age groups. The share was similarly high at 77% among the 65 to 75 age group, falling to nearly 70% among the 60 to 65 age group and 59 and under. Significant decline, the proportion is about 12%.