Canarian health department Sanidad’s 2015-16 winter flu vaccination campaign will start this weekend, and vaccinations will be available from health centres from Thursday next week, 15 October. Sanidad says that it will not cease in its efforts to continue to increase the numbers covered by the vaccine, especially among the most vulnerable, and reminds the public that even though there was no epidemic last year, hospital A&E units were still overwhelmed with numbers needing assistance.
Those in the groups most at risk are the elderly, the chronically ill, those with respiratory conditions, pregnant women, the morbidly obese, and health workers themselves. Sanidad has bought some 210,000 doses, and an additional 10,00 doses with adjuvant (an addition to the vaccine to increase the immune system’s response), distributed throughout the Canaries. Yet again the public generally and especially anyone at risk from flu complications are urged to see their doctor or call 012 as soon as possible to arrange a vaccination appointment from the 15th.