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Increase in Influenza Cases; Here are the Vaccination Points

May 22, 2024 | News & Articles, Panama | 0 comments

by Yasser Yánez García

Mask Use Recommended. Visit a doctor if you have a high fever, cough, fatigue, or muscle aches.

Due to the rise in influenza cases in emergency rooms, Aida Murillo, a nurse from the San Miguelito health region, urged the public to resume preventive measures such as wearing masks, frequent hand washing, and taking advantage of vaccination campaigns.

“The use of masks is no longer mandatory, but it is important to resume these measures to prevent contagion,” Murillo stated.

For school-aged children, Murillo asked parents to provide their children with the necessary tools for their care. “Parents should be attentive to their children’s symptoms and avoid self-medicating. If they have a high fever, cough, fatigue, or muscle aches, it is crucial to see a doctor,” she added.

The problem worsens in schools where there is no constant access to water, so Murillo recommends using hand sanitizer as a temporary measure until children can wash their hands properly at home.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) and the Social Security Fund (CSS) began influenza vaccinations on May 13, following the arrival of 1,364,300 doses of the vaccine to enhance immunization coverage in the country.

Vaccinations are being conducted at Minsa and CSS health facilities starting at 7:00 a.m., free of charge, as well as at other points in the capital city.

The established dates and times for these campaigns are as follows:

– Saturday, May 25: San Miguelito Station and Albrook Terminal.
– Saturday, June 1: Villa Zaíta Fort and Albrook Terminal.
– Saturday, June 8: Super Xtra in Las Acacias and Alta Plaza Shopping Center in Betania.

As of last Tuesday, May 14, there were 25 hospitalizations in the public system.

Additionally, 105,875 doses against influenza have been administered, according to the latest report provided by the Expanded Program on Immunization (PAI) of the Ministry of Health (Minsa).


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