The Department of Health (DS) together with the Department of Education (DE) began Tuesday, the vaccination process for public school students to prevent outbreaks of influenza.
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"Children under the age of 10 are the ones who have reported most of the diseases, so we are mainly preventing this vulnerable population and urging all people in general to continue vaccinating to avoid reaching alert levels," said the secretary of the Health, the dott. Rafael Rodríguez Mercado at a press conference.
They will start from elementary, middle and high school, in this order. Vaccination began in the educational region of Bayamón.
For his part, the Under-Secretary for the Associated Education, Eligio Hernández Pérez, explained that it is schools that have to make the request.
"Each regional director has been given the necessary documents for influenza vaccination: Every school director or nurse who understands that we need to go to the campus to be vaccinated, should contact the Educational Region who will deliver the documents. return documents, must send us an e-mail with the request to [email protected] with copy a [email protected] and we will refer them to the corresponding regional vaccination office to coordinate the dates. We are proving that between February and March we will have an impact on most schools, "said Hernández Pérez.
For its part, the state epidemiologist, Dr. Carmen Deseda has published the latest report that collects data from January 6, 2019 to January 12, 2019. "A total of 1,235 cases were reported during the week more The total number of cases reported so far is 14,477. The regions of health with the highest influenza rates are Ponce and Bayamón.This season a total of 694 people were hospitalized because of the virus. still below the alert threshold, "said Deseda.
As part of the initiative, Influenza Free Zones was created, an influenza prevention kit called "Flutoquín", donated by Walmart. It will be distributed in 856 public schools in Puerto Rico and contains products such as hand sanitizer, hand soap, disinfectant towels, masks and gloves, which help to avoid the flu, but always keeping in mind that vaccination is the way more effective to prevent the disease
To find out which vaccination center is closest to you, you can go to www.vacunatepr.com