On Monday, October 9, the 2023/2024 vaccination campaign against influenza and covid begins in Andalusia for people living in residential centers for the elderly and disability centers, the general population aged 85 and over, and the staff of health and socio-health centers, as well as residences and disability centers . Interns in health and socio-health centers, residence and disability centers, and the child population between 6 and 59 months (both inclusive) who attend scheduled appointments in the vaccine calendar will also receive the flu vaccine.
The Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs recommends that all target groups be vaccinated against influenza and covid to effectively and safely prevent serious infection from these viruses, avoiding hospitalization. In this way, the Ministry appreciates the use of responsibility and commitment shown by the Andalusians in the previous campaigns. In fact, the last campaign, 2022-2023, broke the record numbers, with almost two million doses given. Likewise, the Ministry also recognizes and appreciates the efforts of health professionals, especially the work of nurses, so that vaccines are administered in a timely manner.
For this campaign, the Junta de Andalucía obtained a 7.5% more flu doses than in 2022, representing a total of 2.2 million. This increase is mainly due to one of the most famous innovations of the campaign: the lowering of the starting age of influenza vaccination in adults, who will now begin to be vaccinated systematically from the age of 60, as vaccination against covid.
In it timeline marked by the Ministry, starting October 16people over 70 years old, children aged 6 months or more and adults with high-risk pathologies, highly dependent people and their professional caregivers, and pregnant women get the flu and covid vaccine. for children from 6 to 59 months, inclusive.
The next phase begins with 30 of October. Since then, those over 60 years old and other professional groups, such as security forces and penitentiary institutions, veterinarians, farm workers or ranchers, will receive double vaccination.
The final phase takes place starting in decemberif the double flu and covid vaccine is administered to those living in a household with people aged 60 and over, or people at risk.
People included in the target groups can ask for a date By means of Salud Responde application, ClicSalud+, by phone or at the health center.
Regarding the coverage of the 2022-2023 campaign against influenza, in Andalusia more than 70% of those over 65 years of age have been vaccinated, 46% of the child population aged 6 to 59 months, is the first when they are involved in systematic vaccination, 81.3% of pregnant women, and 50.6% of health and social health professionals.
Specifically, from October 3 to the end of April, a total of 1,953,383 doses were given, which is 206,662 more than in the 2021-2022 campaign, which is the period in which the most anti-flu dose given in the history of Andalusia.