Winter flu vaccination campaign 2019-2020

Canarian health department Sanidad’s 2019-20 winter flu vaccination campaign has started, with vaccinations available from health centres from today. 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 has not been an epidemic in the last few years, hospital A&E units are still overwhelmed each winter 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 over a quarter of a million doses, including some 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.

3 Comments

  1. Thank you for this Janet.

    We do appreciate all the information you give out.

  2. Can I be vaccinated I live here but not a resident but my partner is I had pneumonia 18 months ago and came here to recover thanks

  3. Author

    You can go to a chemist and buy the vaccination and either administer it yourself or take it to a health centre for the nurse to do it … there might be a charge for that if you’re not registered here, but it’s certainly possible. What I would say, however, is that if you “live here” as you say, then you are a resident, even if you don’t consider yourself one, and you should be registered with the police as living here, and that requires medical cover either by S1, social security contributions or private insurance.

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