The flu vaccination campaign starts this Monday, starting with the priority population groups. 350 thousand doses will be applied in the National Health Service.
Residents in nursing homes, health professionals, social workers who provide care and pregnant women are among the most vulnerable sectors and will be the first to be vaccinated, he said.
In the second phase, which will start on October 19, other risk groups are included: people aged 65 and over and people with chronic diseases.
The Director-General of Health appealed to all those who have a medical indication to get vaccinated, stressing that this year, with the pandemic, it is “even more important that they do it”.
With covid-19 “it is advisable not to have other respiratory infections that can be confused with covid and that require making a diagnosis to see if people have covid or have flu”, said Graça Freitas.
In addition to free vaccines for people included in risk groups, there will be vaccines for sale in pharmacies that can be purchased with a prescription and are reimbursed, he said.
In total, the NHS bought more than two million flu vaccines this year from two different companies, by public tender, but all vaccines are the same.