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Costa Rica flu shot program begins

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Published on Monday, June 10, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Social Security estimates that this year, 1.5 million people will get the influenza vaccine.

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

The yearly flu shot strategy, which has been carried out since 2004, is now accessible at all public community clinics, known as Ebais, in the country.

The campaign will cover the so-called vulnerable populations, including expat residents with DIMEX ID, such as:

  • Children from 6 months to 8 years old.
  • Adults older than 57.
  • People between 8 to 58 years old with pre-existing health conditions (such as diabetes patients, obesity, heart disease and respiratory diseases).
  • Pregnant women.

The flu campaign also includes Health workers, Red Cross rescuers, firefighters and employees of public institutions such as Social Security, the Ministry of Health and the General Directorate of Migration
among others.

The rest of the people, regardless of whether or not they are affiliated with Social Security, must buy the flu vaccine for this season in private drugstores.

To get the vaccination and prevent spreading the virus, people can get in touch with the nearest community clinic.

Should Social Security offer the flu shot to every person in the country?
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