The Flu Vaccination Campaign Has Started

Canary Islands

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Health personnel will invite people over 65 to get vaccinated who come to health centres for other reasons

"I go through the health centre to see if there are older patients to bring them and get vaccinated," confesses the director of the basic health area of Alcaravaneras, Virginia Cabrera, on her first day dedicated to attracting the most vulnerable people to the seasonal flu.

The flu vaccination campaign, which started yesterday in the Canary Islands, will be much more intense than in other years; The objective is to get 75% of those over 60 years of age and at least 60% of health personnel to be vaccinated.

"In general, the campaign is intended to increase vaccination coverage by 20%," explains Cabrera, who confesses that, in reality, the dispensing of active immunisation against influenza began as soon as they had the vials in the center of Health. Since the vaccines arrived, the home campaign began.

For now, Cabrera is optimistic that the vaccination campaign will be a success. People are responding. There is a two-week waiting list, although the schedule has been extended and vaccinations are being carried out from 8.30 in the morning until a quarter past seven, ”she says.

Even so, the head of the health zone recognises that any effort to prevent these vulnerable people from getting sick with the flu is essential to prevent them from suffering from the influenza virus and the new coronavirus at the same time. "That is the rationale for further encouraging people to get vaccinated," says Cabrera.

The nurse Carlos Arocha manages the vaccination campaign agenda and has perceived that this year those over 65 are "more concerned about the flu vaccination because they are aware that the covid problem is important and they want to be protected."

Flu vaccination is done by appointment, by calling 012 or toll-free numbers 922 470012 and 928 301012.