Sanidad has initiated its winter flu vaccination campaign 2013-2014. The health department stressed that anyone at risk from flu complications should see their doctor or call 012 as soon as possible after 23 September to arrange a vaccination appointment after the 30th when supplies will be available. These groups are the elderly, the chronically ill, those with respiratory conditions, pregnant women, the morbidly obese, and health workers themselves.
Some 225,000 doses are present, distrubuted throughout the Canaries, and Canarian Health minister Brígida Mendoza said that this year’s campaign was more important than ever given that there were problems with supplies of the vaccine last winter. That problematic campaign saw numbers vaccinated fall significantly, and Sr Mendoza said that there was an urgent need to restore numbers covered by the protection.