The Municipal Health Department of Natal (SMS/Natal) started the flu vaccination this week, with care, at this time, for health workers and elderly people aged 60 and over. Children aged six months to under five years and other groups should be given the vaccine starting next month. The measles immunization campaign has also started and is exclusive to children and health professionals. The immunizers can be found in the Basic Health Units (UBS) and in some extra points in the capital. For Rio Grande do Norte, the Ministry of Health should allocate about 1.3 million doses.
At UBS São João, in Tirol, a neighborhood on the east side of Natal, the demand for the flu immunizer, which serves the H1N1, H3N2 and Victoria strains, was great this Tuesday morning (5). Jamil Varela Cardoso, 87, took his wife, Salete Rebouças Cardoso, 85, to the unit, where the two received the vaccine. “It didn’t hurt… neither the vaccine, nor the photo”, joked Jamil, at the moment of the application, when posing for the photo of the report.
The couple was excited to get immunized. “It’s been 62 years of marriage and eight of dating. We’ve been together for 70 years”, said Salete, excited after receiving the dose. “It’s important to get vaccinated,” she added later. “The vaccine is a fundamental instrument to maintain the health of the population. Therefore, the entire target audience has to be immunized”, said Jamil, who is a doctor.
Francisca Flor, 89 years old, said that every year she looks for the health post to receive the immunizing agent. Now, it was no different. “It is very important to protect yourself against the flu,” she commented after receiving the vaccine. Paulo Xavier, 84, who is the director of Hospital Varela Santiago, in Natal, also left a message about the importance of immunization.
“The vaccine is important at any stage of life, because it is what guarantees people’s health. I’ve already been vaccinated against covid and today I came to receive the flu immunizer dose. It is essential that people my age come to the health center to be vaccinated at this moment, because, in 15 days, we will be able to return to the health unit to receive the fourth dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus”, he reported, in the form of an appeal. .
Vaccination against Influenza began last Monday (4) across the country and continues until June. In Natal, according to SMS, immunobiologicals will be available to the population according to the phases and priority audiences, as recommended by the Ministry of Health.
There are two steps. This first one, aimed at the elderly and any health worker, runs until April 30th. In the second phase, from May 2 to June 3, the following categories will be covered: children from six months to under five years old, pregnant women, mothers, indigenous peoples, teachers, people with comorbidities, people with permanent disabilities and truck drivers.
Workers of urban and long-distance collective road transport of passengers, port workers, security and rescue forces, armed forces, employees of the deprivation of liberty system, population deprived of liberty, adolescents and young people in socio-educational measures, will also be covered by the campaign. From may.
The Municipal Health Department explained that the two vaccines of the campaign (measles and flu) can be administered without a time interval between them, if applicable.
The Ministry of Health started the 24th National Vaccination Campaign against Influenza, the common flu. To vaccinate an estimated target audience of 77.9 million people, more than 80 million doses of the immunizer were purchased. The Campaign will be carried out in two stages. To immunize the population of Rio Grande do Norte, the Pasta destined for the state about 1.3 million doses. The first phase, between April 4th and May 2nd, will focus on the immunization of almost 462,000 elderly people over 60 years of age, in addition to about 96,000 health workers.
In the second phase, between May 3 and June 3, the campaign will serve 207,000 children aged between 6 months and under 5 years of age (4 years, 11 months and 29 days). Pregnant women and puerperal women, indigenous peoples, teachers from the public and private education network, people with comorbidities and other publics should also be vaccinated in the second stage.
The objective is to prevent the emergence of complications resulting from the disease, deaths and possible pressure on the health system. Influenza vaccination is a Federal Government strategy to minimize the virus load and reduce symptoms.
D-day, of national mobilization, is scheduled for April 30th.
Campaign in Natal counts with extra points
According to the SMS, the places where the Influenza vaccine will be applied in Natal will be all Basic Health Units (UBS), in addition to some extra points, which will have exclusive drives to attend the flu immunization campaign and measles.
Vaccination points also have pedestrian rooms. In this case, in addition to the vaccine against Influenza and measles, there is the availability of the immunizing agent against covid-19. At Via Direta, calls are from Sunday to Sunday (drive and pedestrian room), with application starting at 9 am and ending at 4 pm (in the drive) and at 9 pm (in the pedestrian room).
At Ginásio Nélio Dias, in the North zone, vaccination takes place from Sunday to Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm (drive and pedestrian room). At Midway Mall, services are from Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm. There, the exclusive application of doses against flu and measles takes place in a room on the second floor. For vaccination against covid-19, consultations take place in a room on the third floor.
SMS/Natal also informs that the extra points of Comjol Roberto Freire (which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 4 pm) and Partage Norte Shopping (from Monday to Saturday, from 2 pm to 8 pm) remain in service, but exclusively with immunobiologicals against covid-19.
The Secretariat guides users to take the vaccination booklet, document with photo and prove the comorbidity (if applicable) through a prescription or medical certificate. The professional categories must also present the work schedule, badge, paycheck or work card.
“It is important that the population pay attention to the phases and attend the places with the necessary documentation, complying with the calendar, according to the definitions of the Ministry of Health. All the information will be on our Vacina Natal platform (vacina.natal.rn.gov.br), so it is important for the person to check if he meets all the necessary criteria before leaving home”, comments the Secretary of Health of Natal, George antunes.
The Municipal Health Department of Natal (SMS/Natal), explained that the immunization campaign against measles is specific for children from six months to under five years and health professionals. The vaccine is available to this public at all health units in the capital and at extra points where there is a flu vaccine.
According to the folder, the campaign against measles has no specific phases, but will be developed in the same period of immunization against influenza, that is, between April and the beginning of June. Health professionals, as in the case of flu immunization, must also prove a link.
“Proof can be made with the presentation of the work schedule, badge, paycheck or work card. In addition, it is important that everyone takes a vaccination card and photo document”, clarified the SMS.