Bayamon – As part of a vaccination exercise against influenza, personnel from the Vaccination Division and the Office of Preparation and Coordination of Public Health Response visited the Égida del Médico in Bayamón on Friday to administer the vaccine and, in turn, evaluate the planning and distribution process of the same in times of COVID-19.
“We are promoting the flu vaccine because it is a serious and highly contagious disease. The best way to avoid this infection and its complications is by getting vaccinated, much more in these times when the picture could be complicated by the pandemic ”, indicated Ángel Rivera, director of the Vaccination Division, noting that during the visit compliance was also evaluated. with the safety protocols of the Department of Health to avoid exposure to COVID-19 in written communication.
As he explained, the exercise carried out in this center, under the concept of Closed Vaccine Dispatch, began with the Griage station, where the participants received an orientation about the vaccine.
From there they went to the Triage area, where the registration sheet was completed and then went to the vaccination area, where the same was administered.
Finally, the participants were taken to the observation area where the staff in charge made sure that the patient did not have any adverse reactions.
The entire process took approximately 20 minutes per person.
“The flu season, which has just started, is framed in a pandemic that forces us to be more energetic in making this call to the public to be vaccinated as soon as possible. This will help to maintain control and better surveillance of the influenza virus and COVID-19 “, emphasized the public official when highlighting the population to which the vaccine should be administered, such as children and adolescents from 6 months to 18 years-, pregnant women, patients with chronic conditions, adults over 65 years of age and especially, the first-line emergency response personnel.
The doctor insisted that the vaccine is safe and effective.
However, he cautioned that people who have ever had an anaphylactic reaction to previous vaccinations or a severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine should not get the flu vaccine.
Another group that should not be vaccinated are those who are facing an acute febrile illness.
For the latter group, it is recommended that you receive the vaccine when your health improves.
The Department of Health, through its Vaccination Program, has supplied the influenza vaccine to the vaccination providers of the Government of Puerto Rico Health Plan (VITAL).
This vaccine may be administered to VITAL participants eligible for Medicaid, people who do not have a medical plan and those whose private plan does not cover it.
People with a private health plan should contact their respective plans to find out about their vaccination providers.