After a sudden increase in influenza cases, the Superintendence of Health Surveillance of the Municipal Health Department of Rio de Janeiro is investigating the existence of an outbreak in the city. The first reports appeared in Rocinha.
However, according to the newspaper Extra, residents of other regions, such as Itanhangá and Ilha do Governador, also presented symptoms, such as headaches and pain in the body, fever and cold.
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With the increase in cases, the municipal administration is strengthening the flu vaccination. Immunization is still available to the entire population at Family Clinics and at health posts in the city. The guidance is that those who have not yet taken the flu vaccine this year look for the unit closest to their home. Office hours are Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.
There is no need for an interval between doses of Covid-19 and flu. The application of the vaccine is intended for people from six months of age, especially priority groups: the elderly, children, health workers, pregnant women and mothers. However, a person with flu or Covid-19 symptoms should not get the vaccine. Vaccination sites can be found at city hall.river/where to be served.
Influenza virus transmission occurs similarly to coronavirus. Both diseases affect the respiratory system and can be transmitted through contact with secretions expelled in speech, coughing or sneezing. Care should be the same as those already used against Covid-19, such as distancing, hand hygiene, using masks and avoiding touching surfaces that have not been sanitized.
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