Since last month, the 2023 influenza-free vaccination solidarity campaign is underway, which aims to distribute 5,000 vaccines to vulnerable groups in various civic associations and parishes to guarantee their safety and well-being.
According to the latest Epidemiological Bulletin of the Ministry of National Health, updated in the 24th week of 2023, “There is a gradual increase in influenza cases in the context of elevated seasonal activity of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).” compared to previous years”, Official reports state that 371,803 cases of ILI (Influenza Type Illness) were reported across the country till the 23rd week of this year. In the period analyzed, in addition to SARS-CoV-2, the spread of RSV, influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus and metanupneumovirus was detected.
The priority groups for flu vaccine are: pregnant people (at any time during pregnancy), Postpartum people, boys and girls 6 to 24 months old (two doses should be given at least 4 weeks apart), All people over the age of 65, and people aged 2 to 64 with risk conditions such as obesity, diabetes, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, congenital or acquired immunodeficiency, oncohematological patients, transplant patients, or chronic renal failure Are., also included in this priority group health worker,
Also, it should be remembered that people over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of suffering from complications from the flu due to a phenomenon called immunosenescence, which is the loss of the immune response capacity not only against vaccines, but also against vaccines. Is. Infection.
The campaign is carried out in neighborhood clubs, NGOs, soup kitchens and parishes during the months of June and July in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires Province. The scope of the campaign can be expanded thanks to the agreement with the NGO “Will you give me an hour?”, a civil association, in which a group of doctors donates one hour of their time to provide free treatment to low-income people.
The flu vaccine is free to the target population, does not require a medical prescription, and can be administered with any other vaccine.