To compromise the airway and affect the immune system, smoking is that smokers are more likely to enter into risk groups that are the target of the vaccination campaign against influenza Ministry of Health, which starts on Monday (23) and runs until June 1.
The priority groups are people with chronic diseases and other special medical conditions, which also should be vaccinated.
“The smoker, by itself, does not enter the group to get the vaccine. But generally, every person who smokes, and smoke for many years, has respiratory problems. And then he goes into that group already have some deficiency in the body, “explains the coordinator of the National Immunization Program (NIP) of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Carla Domingues.
“People end up with bronchitis, asthma or heart problems due to smoking. It is important that these people are also vaccinated, “he adds. The coordinator also noted that this group is more likely to get sick and have complications.
“Risk groups should get the vaccine because it has its most compromised immune system. And while having contact with the flu will have more chance of getting sick and having complications. So people, to pursue healthy habits, will strengthen not only against influenza, but also against other diseases imunodeprimíveis. Search healthy habits is always important in protecting and improving the population’s quality of life, “he said.
The choice of priority groups follows the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO).
This definition is also supported by epidemiological studies and by observing the behavior of respiratory infections, which have the main agent flu viruses. They are prioritized them more susceptible to aggravation of respiratory disease groups.
Still part of the target audience of the campaign, people from 60 years, children from six months to under five years (four years, 11 months and 29 days), health workers, teachers of public and private networks, indigenous peoples, pregnant women, postpartum women (up to 45 days after delivery), persons deprived of liberty – including adolescents and young people 12-21 years of educational measures – and the staff of the prison system.
Stay smart Besides vaccination, other care are also important in the prevention of influenza, because they avoid the transmission of the virus.
Cover your nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing; Avoid touching the mouth and nose, wash your hands with soap and water and use alcohol gel 70%, Improve air circulation by opening the windows; Avoid long time in places with large agglomeration people; Keep healthy habits: eat well, sleep well and exercise.