I know of 4 oldish people who have either had their flu jab or have an appointment scheduled for it at the local medical centre in Almerimar.
UPDATED 13:20 4 Nov 2021 - following feedback from Sylvia G: FYI - the flu jab MAY only be administered on certain days in Almerimar. So far I have heard of people being vaccinated on Tuesday and Thursday. Also, I have heard from more than one person that their Pfizer boosters were being given in the Santa Maria del Águila medical centre (not in Almerimar).
Of the 4 people two have also had a coronavirus booster jab and one has a coronavirus booster jab scheduled for next week. The 4th person is expecting to get a date for his booster jab when he has his flu jab next Thursday.
So it looks like in Almerimar the flu and coronavirus booster jabs are not given at the same time and in the same place.
The information here on the Junta de Andalucía website has more information on this subject. Thanks to my friend Alan S for passing on this link to me.
Read More for a Google translation of the page mentioned above.
The flu is a highly contagious viral disease that produces epidemics every year. Vaccination is a safe and effective measure to protect against the disease. Annual vaccination campaigns are aimed at people who are most likely to get the flu.
Every year there are between 3 and 5 million serious cases of influenza, and between 290,000 and 650,000 deaths from influenza worldwide. In Spain between 4,000 and 15,000 people die each year from influenza, and in Andalusia approximately between 500 and 2000 people, depending on the year.
In addition, this season, the same person could suffer from the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, the combination of which is very likely to be worse than suffering from each infection separately.
The flu virus is easily transmitted from person to person through droplets of saliva that we expel when coughing, sneezing, or speaking, and indirectly by coming into contact with contaminated hands or other objects. The mechanism is very similar to that of coronaviruses. On average, each person with the flu infects one or two people.
Flu vaccination campaign 2021
The indications for influenza vaccination in the current campaign are mainly focused on people over 65 years of age, as well as health personnel, people with pathologies or risk situations, including pregnant women, and essential professionals such as those with bodies. and state security forces.
Cohabitants of people over 65 years of age and those with chronic diseases are also included, but as of December and depending on the evolution of the campaign and the availability of vaccine doses.
Currently, all people aged 60 to 70 years or with risk factors are being vaccinated against pneumococcus, if they had not previously received it.
As of October 14, 2021: residences for the elderly, health professionals and social health professionals.
As of October 18, 2021: people from 65 years of age, people with chronic diseases, pregnant women.
As of November 2: other essential professional groups (security forces and bodies ...).
Starting in December (depending on dose availability): Home caregivers and partners at home with people over 65 years of age or at risk.
Go to the Video about the flu vaccination campaign in Andalusia 2021-2022
How to get an appointment to get vaccinated?
In many cases (institutionalized people, immobilized patients, healthcare professionals or from residential centers, etc.) it will not be necessary to make an appointment for vaccination since the vaccines will be administered as part of the usual health follow-up.
People aged 65 or over.
Vaccination by appointment begins on October 18, 2021.
People over 65 can get an appointment through ClicSalud +, the Andalusia Health App, through the Health Responde App and telephone number 955 54 50 60 or by contacting their health center - throughout the vaccination campaign. People who are vaccinated against influenza will be offered the possibility of simultaneously receiving other vaccines (such as the third dose COVID, pneumococcus, etc.) whenever their vaccination situation advises it. Specifically, those over 70 will be offered the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Under 65 years of age.
People under 65 years of age who have any of the risk conditions included in the objectives of the campaign may request an appointment at health centers, when professionals indicate the vaccine.
People belonging to the Muface, Mugeju and Isfas mutuals who have chosen a private service provider must follow the instructions of their entities for flu vaccination.
To avoid difficulties in accessibility and unnecessary travel to mutualists who have indicated the vaccination, when they reside in municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants (related in the agreement signed between the Andalusian Health Service and mutuals for the provision of certain services in rural areas), vaccines will be administered in primary care centers without the need for a prescription.
Flu, cold and COVID-19
In the current flu vaccination campaign, people who are vaccinated against flu will be offered the possibility of simultaneously receiving other vaccines (such as the COVID vaccine –including the third dose if indicated-, pneumococcus, etc.). This simplifies the administration of vaccines and avoids travel.
The usual symptoms produced by the flu are very similar to those of COVID-19 and many other respiratory viruses (rhinovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza ...), in such a way that it is impossible to give a certain diagnosis only with the clinical manifestations . The only way to do this is by performing diagnostic tests, such as PCR, the antigen test, etc.
The flu mainly affects the throat and bronchial tubes initially. The time from the entry of the virus into the person and the onset of the first flu symptoms usually varies from 1 to 5 days. The onset of symptoms is usually abrupt, with fever, which can become high, general malaise, respiratory symptoms (cough, nasal congestion), headache, joint and muscle pain and, sometimes, digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea ). The infection usually lasts a week, although it can sometimes get complicated. In general, a person with symptoms of respiratory infection should contact the health system to rule out COVID-19.
Faced with these symptoms, you should see your doctor if:
The fever does not go away despite treatment.
You have trouble breathing.
You have a persistent cough after 10 days.
Since the flu is a disease caused by a virus, antibiotics are not effective in fighting it and their use can create resistance to these drugs. The effective treatment consists of rest, adequate hydration, and if necessary, some medication to alleviate the symptoms, such as antipyretics or analgesics.
Prevent the spread of flu
The flu virus is easily spread from person to person through the air - by coughing, sneezing or talking - and by coming into contact with contaminated hands or objects. Therefore, the hygienic measures recommended for COVID-19 are also indicated to prevent the spread of flu.
Among the hygienic measures to take into account to avoid the transmission of the influenza virus:
Always maintain good hand hygiene
Do not share drinks or utensils
Covering your mouth with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing
This season, the use of a mask is added to the usual measures, due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation
How to help during the flu vaccination campaign
During the vaccination campaign it is important to maintain personal protection measures in the context of the current pandemic situation. In particular, we ask that you collaborate with healthcare professionals to facilitate flu vaccination:
Go to get vaccinated by appointment.
People over 65 can get an appointment through ClicSalud +, Andalusia Health App, through the Health Responde App and telephone number 955 54 50 60 or by contacting their health center throughout the vaccination campaign.
Don't worry if you can't get vaccinated in the first days of the campaign.
The campaign will continue until all the people in whom the vaccine is indicated are immunized, so not if there is no appointment the first days due to a greater demand, you will be able to request an appointment later.
Go to the vaccination points at the appointed time.
Do not arrive too early at the vaccination points, this will avoid crowds and unnecessary waiting.
Take a close look at the site where the vaccine is to be administered.
To avoid the circulation of people in health centers, some of the vaccination points will be in locations outside the centers. It is important to check the place and time of the administration at the appointment.