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Published on Thursday, October 7, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has applied 1,240,401 doses of vaccines against Influenza, also known as the flu shot, according to Social Security.

According to specialists, the vaccination campaign against flu (including expats with DIMEX residency) were targeting:

Children from 6 months to 8 years old.

People between 7 to 57 years old with pre-existing health conditions (such as diabetic patients, obesity, heart disease and respiratory diseases).

Pregnant women.

Adults older than 58. As well as prisoners, policemen, teachers, health workers, among others.

The rest of the Social Security affiliates must buy the flu vaccine for this season in private clinics.

This year's campaign was budgeted at $8,455,400. The funds are expected to cover the purchase of the doses, plus expenses to coordinate the application process throughout the country, Social Security said.

In Costa Rica, the yearly flu vaccination campaign has been carried out since 2004 in community clinics known as Ebais. They have had the Influenza vaccine available to the public.

Influenza is a common viral respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person and causes complications, sometimes resulting in death, even for healthy people.

Its symptoms start suddenly and among them are chills, muscle and throat pain, poor general condition, normally high fever, and fatigue. Its complications can be serious (pneumonia) and could even lead to death. The virus can survive for three days and spreads by touch.

Due to the pandemic and to reduce the risk of catching covid-19, the treatment is currently applied in areas designated exclusively for the flu vaccination campaign.

Concerning to the covid-19, in Costa Rica, 5,760,293 vaccines  have been applied, authorities say.

Should Social Security provide the flu shot to all its affiliates? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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