Flu and COVID-19 Vaccinations
Vaccination campaigns against seasonal influenza and Covid19 directed to:
A. You are at greater risk of complications or serious illness from these infections:
1.- Persons aged 60 years or above.
2.- 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.
3.- People under 60 years of age with the following risk conditions:
– Diabetes and Cushing’s syndrome
– Morbidly obese (BMI ≥40 in adults, ≥35 in adolescents, or ≥3SD in children)
– Chronic cardiovascular, neurological or respiratory diseases, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis and asthma
– Chronic kidney disease and nephrotic syndrome
– Hemoglobinopathies and anemia or hemophilia, other coagulation disorders and chronic bleeding disorders, and recipients of blood products and multiple transfusions
– Asplenia or severe splenic dysfunction
– Chronic liver disease, including chronic alcoholism
– Severe neuromuscular disease
– Immunosuppression (including primary immunodeficiency and immunodeficiency caused by HIV infection or drugs, as well as transplant recipients and complement deficiencies)
– Cancer and hematological malignancies
– cerebrospinal fluid fistula and cochlear implant or wait
– Celiac disease
– Chronic inflammatory diseases
– Disorders and diseases that cause cognitive impairment: Down syndrome, dementia, etc.
4.- Pregnant women in any trimester of pregnancy and women in the postpartum period (up to 6 months postpartum and not vaccinated during pregnancy).
5.- People with high levels of immunosuppression: generally refers to hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation, solid organ transplantation, chronic renal failure, HIV infection with low CD4 count (<200 cells/ml), certain primary immune deficiencies) and Those receiving certain immunosuppressive treatments. Cohabitants of persons suffering from other high-risk and geriatric diseases defined in paragraphs 1 and 3 may also be included.
B. Reduce the impact on and maintain critical and essential services to the community:
1.- Personnel from public and private health and social health centers and institutions (health and non-health care).
2.- Persons working in essential public services, with special attention to the following subgroups:
- National, regional or locally affiliated national security forces and agencies, and armed forces.
- Civil Protective Services.
In addition to the above, it is recommended that the following groups of people receive influenza vaccination:
– Population of children aged 6-59 months.
– People ages 5 to 59 who are at higher risk for flu complications:
- People 5 to 18 years of age receiving long-term acetylsalicylic acid because of the possibility of Reye’s syndrome following influenza.
– Students doing internships at the Center for Health and Social Wellness.
– Persons who have direct occupational contact with animals or their secretions in poultry, pig or mink farms or farms, or with wild animals (birds, wild boars or mustelids), such as ranchers, veterinarians, farm workers, hunters, ornithologists The purpose of home, environmental protection personnel, staff zoos, etc. is to reduce the chance of simultaneous infection of humans and poultry or pig viruses, and to reduce the possibility of recombination or genetic exchange between the two viruses.
The flu vaccine protects against the flu and its complications, but it does not protect against colds, colds, and other respiratory infections. The Department of Health wants to reinforce the message that vaccinations are given during pregnancy to protect the baby. For this purpose, pregnant women will be vaccinated using a new quadrivalent cell culture vaccine that provides high protection and does not contain trace amounts of antibiotics.
The flu vaccine should be given annually because immunity is lost within a year after vaccination. It takes 8 to 10 days after vaccination to develop an adequate antibody response, so delaying vaccination is not recommended.