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The Ministry of Health closed today (30) the National Flu Vaccination Campaign started on March 11. Despite this, the vaccine can still be obtained in health units, since the ministry has instructed states and municipalities to extend vaccination to the general public, while supplies last.
More than 18 million people in the priority group had not yet been vaccinated until early afternoon today, even after the campaign was extended for another month, as it was originally scheduled to end on May 29.
The campaign sought to immunize the priority group, made up of elderly people aged 60 or over, health workers, members of the security or rescue forces, people with chronic illnesses or special clinical conditions, truck drivers, drivers and public transport collectors, port workers , indigenous peoples, adolescents and young people aged 12 to 21 under socio-educational measures, population deprived of their liberty, prison staff, people with disabilities, teachers from public and private schools, children from 6 months to under 6 years, pregnant women, puerperal women (postpartum up to 45 days) and people aged 55 to 59 years old.
According to the Ministry of Health, until May 2020, 1,517 cases of influenza (flu) were registered across the country, with 209 deaths. Last year, 5,800 cases and 1,122 victims of the disease were recorded in Brazil.
The flu vaccine is effective against the three subtypes of the influenza virus that have circulated most in the last year in the southern hemisphere, according to a determination by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the ministry, the vaccine is safe and reduces complications that can lead to serious cases of the disease and deaths.