As with other diseases considered in epidemiological surveillance, in the case of influenza there is a noticeable upturn. Besides, many patients in rural communites, do not become part of official statistics, specialists acknowledge.
On Wednesday October 16th, a new vaccination campaign began in Yucatan, as the number of cases continues to arise statewide. It is bound to apply over 560 thousand influenza vaccines, between October this year and March 31 of next year.
In its most recent weekly report the General Director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health placed Yucatán as the state with the largest number cases of influenza so far this season.
The people who could mostly be affected are infants, seniors, pregnant women, and anyone undergoing chemotherapy or any type of immunosuppression treatment.
In fact, the outbreak of Influenza in Mérida has forced the authorities of Rogers Hall School to suspend classes for three days (Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th of October).
From October 15th 2019 until March 31st, 2020, more than 375 thousand doses of seasonal influenza vaccine will be applied in Quintana Roo. This vaccination campaign aims to reduce the risks of transmission of this disease.
The vaccine will be applied primarily to children under five years of age, pregnant women, health workers, people with HIV, cancer, asthma, diabetes Mellitus, Morbid Obesity, chronic kidney problems, people with heart disease, adults over 60 years old, arthritis and other types of immunosuppression diseases.
Yucatan ranks as the number one for cases of influenza, being closely followed by Quintana Roo.
The Yucatan Times Newsroom with information from Secretaría de Salud