The Ministry of Health has reported this Friday that during the first eight days of the flu vaccination almost 73,958 doses have been administered, which represents an 83 percent increase over the same period last year, when the figure was 40,399.
Of those 73,958 vaccinated people, 45,565 are over 60 years of age, 14,735 are under that age with a chronic disease, 1,167 are pregnant or in the postpartum period up to 6 months, while 2,382 are health personnel from health centers.
In addition, 331 of these people are health personnel who work in social health centers, 673 correspond to non-health personnel of health and social health centers, 1,087 are professionals of essential public services and 8,018 are people who have been indicated the vaccine by some another reason.
By islands, 33,045 people have been vaccinated in Tenerife, in Gran Canaria 21,419On La Palma the figure stands at 8,607, in Lanzarote it is 5,235, while in Fuerteventura 3,353 vaccines have been administered, in La Gomera 1,684 people and in El Hierro there are 615 vaccinations.
As every year, the Ministry of Health launches this action to reduce the incidence of this disease through vaccination, reduce mortality and morbidity associated with influenza and the impact of the disease in the community.
This year, experts also insist on the importance of vaccination against influenza given the coexistence of the covid-19 pandemic with the flu season.
Flu vaccination is carried out by appointment, by calling 012 or its numbers without additional charges 922.470.012 and 928.301.012, designing a clean circuit for access to vaccination.
The Ministry explains in a statement that the Canary Islands has acquired a total of 320,000 doses of vaccine to face this 2020-2021 flu season against the flu, for an amount of 1,750,000 euros, and to these doses are added 60,000 provided by the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare.
The flu vaccine is recommended to over 60 years, to prevent complications, hospitalizations or deaths in case of contracting the flu, and to people diagnosed with chronic diseases of any age (over 6 months), to prevent complications, hospitalizations or deaths in case of contracting the disease.
It is also recommended to pregnant women, to protect themselves and their future children, and to prevent complications, hospitalizations or deaths in case of contracting the flu, and to key professionals in a situation of a covid-19 pandemic such as health personnel.