Flu vaccines are available here

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

In Mexico, 1,517 cases of influenza AH1N1 have been reported, since January 24, and 135 people have died from this strain of flu. for that reason, the Secretariat of Health urges the population to prevent the disease by getting vaccinated.

According to the SINAVE (National System of Epidemiologic Investigation), of the registered cases, the majority (104) were detected in the Federal District, where 13 died. Baja California reported 60 cases and 21 death; Aguascalientes 101 cases and 9 deaths; and in Guanajuato, the 73 cases have resulted in 3 deaths.

The Guanajuato Secretariat of Health told Atención that in San Miguel there have not been outbreaks of influenza or deaths caused by the disease thus far, but cases have been reported in León, Salamanca and Irapuato.

Francisco Ignacio Ortiz Aldana, secretary of health, urged the population to go to a health center and get a flu vaccination, which protects against the AH1N1 strain of the virus.

The secretariat told Atención that Guanajuato has received more than 1,200,000 vaccines and those were distributed among the ISSTE, IMSS and hospitals of PEMEX, but the state sector has 600,000 doses in the CAISES (health centers) and general hospitals. Foreigners, as part of the community, can ask for the vaccine, and if it is denied, this can be reported at 014-7373-52700, ext. 107.

The Public Relations Department of the secretariat told Atención that those who should get the vaccine include children under five years of age and older than six months, those older than 60, pregnant women, people with HIV or cancer, and those with cardiac disease and diabetics.

Some measures to help prevent contracting the flu include using antibacterial hand gel frequently and washing your hands often, ventilating the house, putting on warm clothing before going out in the cold, and refraining from touching your face with dirty hands.

The National Meteorological System has forecast between 52 and 64 cold fronts for this winter. The cold fronts started in September 2013 and could last until March of this year.

Previously, the director of the Civil Protection Department commented that the low temperatures in the urban area would be 4 degrees Celsius in the urban area and zero in some rural communities. The weather now, he said, is getting warmer, and in the next few weeks the low temperatures should be around 9 degrees Celsius.


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