The Torrevieja Hospital Health Department started its flu vaccination campaign last Monday, for which it will administer 29,500 doses to people in Guardamar, Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja San Miguel, Pilar de la Horadada, Rojales, San Fulgencio, Benijofar and Los Montesinos.
There are vaccination points in all health centres and doctors’ surgeries, and there are an extra 600 doses for patients in old people’s homes.
José Tuells, the head of preventative medicine, explained “it is important to get vaccinated every year, as the composdition of the doses varies according to the advice of the World Health Organisation. This means even if we were immune to the flu in 2015, it might not be the same this season in 2016 and so we should get vaccinated again”.
Nursing stations in all health centres and outlying doctors’ surgeries are available to provide risk groups with their doeses in a quick and simple fashion.
Flu is very cotagious and has a high mortality rate so vaccination is especially recommended for people with a high risk of developing complications, including adults aged 60 or more and younger people with chronic illnesses.
High risk groups are adults and children with chronic cardio-respiratory illness, and chronically ill residents of closed institutions.
At moderate risk are patients with chronic metaboic processes, kidney disfunction, haemoglobinopathies, suppressed immune systems, ages over 59, children on salicylate treatments, pregnant women, or morbid obesity.
Other groups include health workers, carers of people in high or moderate risk groups, emergency services personnel and farm workers.