“We have seen the result exceeding expectations,” the secretary said

At this time of year, there is an increase in diseases that cause respiratory distress, especially in children and adolescents. To keep the flu at bay, the Department of Health (Sesa) announced this Wednesday (4) this Notice.

“This year we are in a different situation with regard to respiration. We have seen more than expected of the outcome. In addition to the Covid-19 spread everywhere, we have the H3N2 virus. , with an increase in influenza before the normal occurrence. Therefore, our observation is that “Care is important”, warned the state’s secretary of health, César Neves.

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Influenza vaccine (Photo: Publicity / AEN)

The Notice instructs parents and guardians of children and adolescents on the protection and monitoring of the living environment and hygiene, in addition to warning of symptoms. of the disease. Prepared by the Health and Care Committee, the document also outlines the procedures that must be followed.

Build relationships and avoid conflicts; leave a well-ventilated area, with open windows and doors; wash hands by washing or using 70% alcohol gel; regularly clean children’s toys; do not share personal items (utensils, towels, plates, cups and bottles); and using masks is one of the most important tips.

“We are working to bring parents and guardians, as well as health professionals across the monitoring network, so that they can take care of our children and boys. young girls in winter, “said Sesa Director of Health and Welfare, Maria Goretti. David Lopes.

Virus disease

Sars-CoV-2, Syncytial, Rhinovirus and Influenza are some of the most common respiratory viruses in the state. According to the Influenza Epidemiological Surveillance Information System (Sivep), more than 1,677 children from zero to 4 years of age were hospitalized between January and April this year with influenza. That number is 3.6 times higher than recorded in 2019, which includes 467 hospitals for children in this age group. In 2020, the number will remain the same as in 2019 and, in 2021, it will reach 1,218.


Infections of the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, ears and sinuses) or lower extremities (bronchi and lungs – pneumonia and bronchiolitis) occur with symptoms such as runny nose, runny nose , cough, asthma, sore throat, headache, changes in taste and smell, and may or may not have fever. Vomiting and / or diarrhea may occur.

Sesa also issued this Notice. 7/2022 with instructions to be received by clinics when treating patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (SARS).

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