NHSO board gives green light to expand target group for injection “Influenza Vaccine” increases to cover personnel – workers who provide care for patients with COVID-19 The risk group of slum communities – schools of all ages Extending service hours until 31 Dec.
Assoc. Prof. Prasobsri Ungthavorn, National Health Security Committee Member Revealed that on September 6, 2021, the National Health Security Board (NHSO Board) resolved to approve the extension of influenza vaccination service until December 31, 2021, including adding Another 3 groups of target groups for vaccination are 1. Personnel or workers who provide care services for COVID-19 patients. 2. Groups in places where a large number of populations are gathered. risk of epidemic and 3. other risk groups depending on the situation
Assoc. Prof. Praprassri said that the original target group NHSO. Injection is a group of elderly people 65 years and over, small children under 2 years old, and patients with 7 chronic diseases, but due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the past Make people forget that there is also a flu vaccine. Causing this target group to inject incomplete
However, since the vaccination situation is stable now, 50% of the elderly have received the second dose of the covid 2 vaccine, so many services are likely to be ready for influenza vaccination. end of the year In the same target group, once the 2nd needle vaccination is given, there should be time to get a flu vaccination.
In addition to the original target audience NHSO expands the target audience are frontline personnel serving COVID-19 patients Once the vaccine is complete, you should also get the flu vaccine. including people in crowded areas and people who are at risk Which, if to say, is that every age group, such as a school group When the term is open There will be a large group of people coming together, making them at risk of contracting the disease.
“In the past, we didn’t give this group a flu vaccine. But now the timing is good COVID and influenza have similar initial symptoms. Therefore, if there is a chance to prevent influenza It will make the symptoms start more clearly in people with covid. In conclusion, we expand the injection into the original target audience. Add new audiences for all age groups. and extend the injection time,” Assoc. Prof. Prasapsri said.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prasapsri also said that there are 2 ways to distribute influenza vaccines: 1. If it is an individual level Able to receive influenza vaccination services at any service unit or hospital in the National Health Insurance or Gold Card system, such as government hospitals and All SAT hospitals Public health service centers in Bangkok and private clinics participating in the project It is recommended to call in advance.
2. In this round, the NHSO would like to focus on a group, for example, going into a slum community to get the vaccine to reach it that would be more likely to reach the target group. It will coordinate with the service or organization that needs flu vaccination for these groups. including focusing on student groups because if students will open the semester Those under 12 years of age are the ones who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. So getting the flu vaccine now would be a good idea. At least I’m sure it’s not the flu.
The vaccination for COVID-19 And the influenza vaccine can be vaccinated with any prior vaccination. By spacing at least 2 weeks, they can also be vaccinated against influenza during the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccination to speed up immunization.
for people in the original 7 risk groups Those eligible for influenza vaccination services are: 1. Pregnant women, 4 months of pregnancy or more; 2. Children 6 months to 2 years; 3. People with 7 chronic diseases (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, heart disease, stroke Kidney failure, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and diabetes) 4. Elderly people aged 65 years and over 5. Cerebral palsy who cannot help themselves 6. Thalassemia and immune defective (including symptomatic HIV-infected) and 7. Obesity (weighing 100 kg or more or a body mass index greater than 35 kg per square meter)
for the other 3 groups of people at the board NHSO’s resolutions to expand include: 1. Personnel or workers who provide care for COVID-19 patients; 2. Groups in places where large populations are gathered. risk of epidemic and 3. other risk groups depending on the situation