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For Secretariat, numbers of influenza A in Sao Paulo are on schedule

State recorded 11 deaths this year due to virus infection of influenza A (H1N1)

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The state of São Paulo recorded 11 deaths this year due to infection with the influenza A (H1N1) swine flu. The numbers, according to the Department of Health are still on schedule and well below the reported three years ago, when there was a pandemic and 600 deaths were recorded.

The conclusion is that there is no increase in the number of cases and deaths are on schedule, the doctor said the Emilio Ribas Institute of Infectious Diseases, Department of Health of São Paulo, Jean Gorinchteyn.

According to the Ministry of Health this year were reported in 449 cases nationwide, with 51 deaths. In 2011, there were 27 and in 2010, 113 deaths. The Health Secretariat of São Paulo did not provide data on deaths from infections caused by influenza virus influenza A (H1N1) in 2010 and 2011.

This year, the department recorded 53 cases of severe disease throughout the state. However, the doctor emphasized that the number of infected with influenza virus H1N1 may be higher. How many people with flu symptoms actually seek a doctor? We have many cases of H1N1 and people who had not sought medical attention. So did the diagnosis.

Gorinchteyn recalls that in the current vaccination campaign against influenza in São Paulo, the population sought under the posts. We had only 75% of membership, and we wanted at least 90% of the target group would be vaccinated. We have social networks spreading the flu vaccine itself develops, which is not correct, he said.

In Brazil, the vaccination campaign against influenza for the winter of 2012, recently made, coverage reached over 80%, according to the Ministry of Health The production of antibodies against influenza virus, however, only starts after two weeks of application does not guarantee immediate protection.

For prevention, the ministry directs activities of personal hygiene, like washing their hands several times a day, avoid touching the face with his hands and protect your cough and sneezes with disposable tissue. In case of flu-like illness (simultaneous emergence of fever, cough or sore throat, and even a headache or muscle pain or joint pain), you should seek a health service as soon as possible.

Last week, the Health Ministry issued a statement reinforcing the technical recommendations to physicians who may prescribe antiviral oseltamivir when the patient has the symptom of the flu syndrome, regardless of laboratory results or signs of deterioration.

All persons who present flu-like syndrome and that part of the most vulnerable to complications - such as pregnant women, small children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases - should start treatment, the ministry said in a statement.

In case of aggravation of respiratory infection, even if the patient is not the most vulnerable groups, treatment with the antiviral oseltamivir should be initiated urgently. The worsening of the disease can be identified by shortness of breath, fever for more than three days, worsening of gastrointestinal symptoms or severe muscle pain.

The ministry points out that much of the population is protected against the virus, or because they had the natural infection in 2009 - it is estimated, the ministry said that up to 30% of the population may have had influenza subtype A (H1N1) - or because was immunized with immunization campaigns.

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