Flu jab campaign gets underway
The annual flu jab campaign is now underway in the Canaries with health chiefs urging all those at risk to get vaccinated.
Minister for Health José Manuel Baltar said 232,000 doses of vaccine against influenza had been acquired for 969,280 euros, complemented with 20,000 doses of pneumococcal vaccine for 240,000 euros.
Vaccination began on October 23rd in all health centres in the Canaries and has as main novelty this year of a reinforced vaccine (adjuvanted influenza vaccine) for all over 70 years. Sr. Baltar said the vaccination against influenza could reduce between 75-80 per cent of the deaths that occur as a result of this disease that are around the 2,000 deaths per year in Spain, although this range varies in global data of the 1,400 to 4,000 deaths associated with comorbidity factors.
Some 200,000 text messages will be sent out to those in the most “at risk” groups.