The Minister of Health of the province of San Luis, Rosa Dávila, recommended maximizing the use of chinstraps, especially in schools, and reported that the National Ministry of Health warned of the appearance of flu cases in some provinces, which is why the beginning of the flu vaccination, starting next March 25.
The official clarified that although in the cases of Covid-19 in the province, “there is a plateau in the number of positives, there is still a lot of uncertainty about how the infections will continue with the arrival of autumn and winter” and recalled that the measures of prevention are valid for “all acute respiratory infections”, in which these viruses are included, which contemplate the use of the mask, especially in closed places.
“We have reinforced the recommendations for the educational community, since the chinstrap protects against the spread of all respiratory viruses. Although the mask was put into circulation to prevent Covid, there is also evidence of its efficiency in preventing infections from other viruses, including the flu,” he said.
He announced that starting next week flu vaccination will begin for specific recommended groups, which are those under 2 years of age, pregnant women, postpartum women, people over 65 and all people who have some comorbidity established in the vaccine protocol and with medical indication.
“We also recommend completing the vaccination schemes against Covid-19, since it is very important to have reinforcements in the face of the circulation of these respiratory viruses and the uncertainty regarding the coronavirus,” Dávila warned.
He recalled that in the case of adolescents it is planned to give them booster doses and two doses in children aged 3 to 11 years.
Regarding what was resolved in the Federal Health Council held last Friday, in CABA, he said that given the uncertainty of how the coronavirus will evolve, “other indicators were analyzed to define how the surveillance of Covid-19 cases will be carried out, fundamentally , and the month of May was established as the deadline to establish a new surveillance strategy”.
Finally, he clarified that flu and mental health vaccinations were included “in the federal agenda to work on it during the year.”