MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay will launch a flu immunization campaign this week that makes “small children, pregnant women, health care providers, people with chronic conditions and the elderly” a priority, Health Minister Jorge Basso said Monday.
Basso noted the importance of vaccinations for these groups, especially seniors, “since there is sufficient evidence” of the ability of flu shots to reduce respiratory diseases or shorten illnesses.
Health officials plan to introduce a digital system this year to replace the old vaccination certificates, providing users with online health records that show immunization status, Basso said.
The health minister praised the assistance provided by Spain in creating a website to support digital vaccination records.
The Health Ministry obtained 600,000 doses of flu vaccine that have been distributed to public and private immunization centers.
Unusually cold weather in early fall 2016 caused a flu epidemic that the Health Ministry described as the most extensive since 2009 in Uruguay, a country of about 2.4 million.