City of São Paulo receives 1 million doses of flu vaccine from Butantan

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The Butantan Institute donated 1 million doses of the flu vaccine to the city of São Paulo. The measure aims to help contain the increase in cases of Influenza in the capital of São Paulo and in the state of São Paulo.

Since early December, the city of São Paulo and other capitals such as Rio de Janeiro, Belém and Salvador have faced a significant increase in the number of cases of the disease. The infections are associated with the Influenza A (H3N2) virus, of the Darwin lineage, which was the predominant strain circulating in the last flu season in the Northern Hemisphere.

According to the city hall, a batch with 400,000 immunization agents will be made available to the municipality this Thursday (23). The process for vaccination, conducted by the Municipal Health Department, starts on Friday (24).

The doses will be applied to people who have not yet been vaccinated against Influenza this year. Pregnant women, postpartum women (women who gave birth within 45 days), breastfeeding women, elderly people over 60 years of age and children aged six months to 5 years are part of the priority group for immunization.

In November, the department registered 111,949 consultations of people with flu-like symptoms, 56,220 of which were suspected of Covid-19. This month, until Tuesday (21), 170,259 consultations for respiratory complaints were reported, with 79,482 suspected cases of Covid-19.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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