Flu vaccinations begin in Almeria

FLU JABS: Important, says Jose Maria Martin. Photo credit: Shutterstock

HEALTH centres and clinics in Almería have begun vaccinating against winter flu. The campaign, organised by the Ministry of Health, has made available 87,051 doses which will be administered through 231 vaccination points.

The territorial delegate for Equality, Health and Social Policies, José María Martín, visited today the health centre of Plaza de Toros in the capital. He said that: “vaccination is one of the most effective measures to prevent certain diseases, as in this case influenza, especially in those population groups that are more vulnerable to the virus.”

The campaign aims to protect vulnerable groups in the population, chiefly people over 65 years of age and those who suffer from particular chronic health problems in which the flu can aggravate their disease. These include severe respiratory problems, heart disease, cancer or immune and metabolic system issues or suffering from obesity. It is also recommended that pregnant women be immunised, at any time during pregnancy, to prevent influenza to both pregnant and newborn.

The delegate explained that “in addition to vaccination, to prevent the flu, it is also important that we all take simple hygiene measures, such as covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, using tissues and washing hands frequently, to protect against the virus of the flu as it is transmitted in the air.”