Influenza, coronavirus, and other respiratory viruses are this winter's heroes. In addition, after the Christmas holidays, where there is a high degree of socialization, these diseases increased significantly and the saturation in health centers became more than evident. The infection rate recorded in the Acute Respiratory Infections Surveillance System, which places the Valencian Community at 1,318 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, has led to the use of a mask once again becoming mandatory for access to health social centres.
But outside clinics and hospitals, this preventive measure is also common on the streets. from Ministry of Health Shativa-Ontinent“Regardless of whether masks are now mandatory, their use is a matter of responsibility,” explains Eva Tormo, nursing coordinator in the Ontinent Basic Health District. “When a person does not feel well and wants to communicate with others, it is normal for them to use a mask.” “It is a measure that protects us all and its use must be based on common sense.”
“The best defense against respiratory viruses is prevention and the best prevention is vaccination.” This is how strong they swear and remember that “this is something scientifically proven.” We must remember that the vaccination campaign against influenza, and now also against the Corona virus, begins in mid-October. To avoid saturation and accumulation of patients, such as the one we are seeing these weeks, it is important to “vaccinate at the right time and in the right way.” Tormo explains that people should be aware that a person does not produce antibodies the day after vaccination, so it is advisable to do this in advance.
Since the beginning of the campaign, the Health Department of Xàtiva-Ontinyent has appealed to all people belonging to the most vulnerable groups. “All the people who did not come to receive the vaccination were contacted by phone,” confirms the nursing coordinator, who insists and asks to “think,” because “the vaccine is the best solution so far.” Among the most vulnerable groups are children, especially those under two years of age, those over 65 years of age, those with chronic diseases and weakened immunity, and pregnant women.
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