Flu Vaccine Campaign 2021: dates and recommendations

Flu Vaccine Campaign 2021: dates and recommendations
Flu Vaccine Campaign 2021: dates and recommendations
The national flu vaccination campaign is scheduled to begin on April 12. The priority groups are very broad and, therefore, will be divided into three stages. The Ministry of Health’s goal is to immunize 79.7 million people.

In São Paulo, the city will use public schools to apply the doses in order to avoid agglomerations and to separate the places of immunization against covid-19. In the capital, the proposal is to vaccinate more than 4 million people.

With two vaccination campaigns taking place at the same time, many doubts must arise. Therefore, the Twitter selected the main questions on the topic. Check it out below:

Questions about influenza vaccination

What is the flu vaccination schedule in 2021?

The forecast is that municipalities start immunization on April 12 in the priority group. The campaign is due to end on 9 July.

Who should get the vaccine? What is the priority group?

As the priority group is broad, the Ministry of Health informed that the municipalities will have autonomy to define the dates of immunization. The objective, according to the folder, is to immunize:

  • children from 6 months to 6 years old;
  • pregnant women;
  • puerperal women;
  • Indian people;
  • health workers;
  • elderly people over 60;
  • teachers from public and private schools;
  • people with chronic non-communicable diseases and other special clinical conditions;
  • disabled people
  • security and rescue agents
  • members of the Armed Forces;
  • truckers;
  • urban and long-distance public passenger transport workers;
  • port workers;
  • prison system employees;
  • young people from 12 to 21 years of age under socio-educational measures; and
  • population deprived of liberty.

The priority audience will be distributed in three stages. The municipalities will have the autonomy to define the mobilization dates (D-Day), according to the reality of each region.

Who can’t get the flu shot?

Immunization is not indicated for children under six months and people with a history of allergy at previous doses.

Why is it important to get the flu shot?

The flu vaccine prevents the appearance of complications resulting from the disease, deaths, hospitalizations and overload in the health system, which is essential to be avoided in times of pandemic and with the rise in cases of covid-19.

As the virus is mutated, it is recommended to take it annually.

Where can I get the flu shot?

Each municipality will have the autonomy to choose where to vaccinate against influenza. In the case of São Paulo, the city will immunize in public schools to avoid crowding and to separate immunization sites against covid.

The Ministry of Health recommends that states and municipalities use all measures to prevent the transmission of covid-19 in the more than 50 thousand planned stations.

Keep an eye on the official website of the city where you live for the list of UBSs (Basic Health Units) or other places where the flu vaccination will occur.

I got covid, can I get the flu shot?

“It is unlikely that vaccination of infected individuals (in the incubation period) or asymptomatic individuals will have a detrimental effect on the disease,” explained the Ministry of Health in a note.

Can you get the flu vaccine with the covid-19 vaccine?

No. The recommended by the Ministry of Health is to respect a 14-day interval between doses of immunizers. The folder recommends that the priority public of the flu vaccine who has not yet taken the immunizer against covid-19, prioritize the dose against covid, as long as it is in the range cleared to receive the vaccine.

Does flu vaccine help immunize against coronavirus?

So far there is no evidence that the flu vaccine helps prevent covid-19.

However, according to the Ministry of Health, immunization reduces symptoms that can be confused with those of covid-19. In addition to preventing “the appearance of complications resulting from the disease, deaths, hospitalizations and overload in health services”.

Who produced the flu vaccines?

The doses were produced by the Butantan Institute and, in all, 80 million doses will be distributed by the federal government.

I have a fever, can I get vaccinated?

If you have an acute, moderate or severe fever, it is recommended to postpone the date of vaccination so that the symptoms are not attributed to the immunizer or aggravated. Better to prevent pandemic times from confusing symptoms.

What is the period of protection against influenza after the vaccine?

According to the Ministry of Health, antibodies last six to 12 months. Only after two to three weeks of vaccination will the vaccinee be protected.

Can I donate blood after getting vaccinated?

People already eligible for the donation who are vaccinated against influenza, according to Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency), should be considered as unfit for the period of 48 hours after vaccination.

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