ANDespite being preventable, pneumonia still kills, every day, an average of 13 people in our country. Data from the National Institute of Statistics show that it represents 4.2% of mortality, which is why the Movement Patients for Vaccination (MOVA) calls for pneumococcal vaccination, on World Pneumonia Day, which marks this Friday, 12 November.
In a statement, the MOVA said that the severity of the flu season could trigger an increase in cases of pneumonia, a disease that “may leave irreversible sequelae”, such as deformation of the bronchi (bronchiectasis) compromises lung function, permanent coughing, sputum or sputum shortness of breath, and even “leading to death”.
Statistics show that an interaction between the flu virus and pneumococcus – a public bacteria responsible for most cases of pneumonia – increases the risk of contracting the disease by dozens of times, so “investing in individual vaccination is also investing in health , prevent hospitalizations and contribute to reducing the use of health services, at this stage, they are overloaded”, she emphasizes.
He adds that “contracting pneumonia is always serious, whatever the time of year”, but if in the middle of the flu peak and in a pandemic context, it will be “frankly worse”. “We shouldn’t take any chances. Let’s do our part, betting on vaccination”, appeals Isabel Saraiva, founder of MOVA, cited in a statement.
The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention also considers that this flu season “must be particularly serious”, especially for groups at risk: young children, people over 65 and adults with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, other chronic respiratory diseases, heart disease, chronic liver disease, cancer patients, HIV patients and kidney patients.
The pneumococcal vaccine is recommended by the General Directorate of Health and The vaccine is free for children and some segments of adults, for those who are already enrolled in the National Vaccination Program. For a remaining population, it is partially reimbursed.
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