The Várzea Paulista City Hall, through the Municipal Health Management Unit, has worked all these past days to draw up an emergency contract for the implementation of an exclusive unit for the treatment of patients with flu-like symptoms.
The new unit should be implemented in the same place where the CTA, Testing and Reception Center, at Hospital Dr. Alcípio, works today, and should be open all day, every day of the week, with exclusive and trained teams. The City Hall works to assemble a team to put the wing into operation as soon, if possible, at the beginning of the week, facing the difficulties of setting up professional rosters due to the holiday.
This is one of the measures that have been discussed to alleviate the impact of the new variant of the H3N2 Influenza virus, which has been causing an outbreak of the disease in practically the whole country. Although they do not evolve into more severe cases, this increase in the spread of H3N2 has been causing a significant impact on the length of care provided to patients, not only in hospitals, UPA’s and public UBS’s, but also in private ones. At the Várzea Paulista UPA, the increase was over 200%.
Some of the reasons for this increase, according to specialists, was the extremely low demand for the vaccine against influenza in this year’s campaign (in Várzea Paulista, just over 30% of the target public for the vaccine was immunized) which, even though it does not directly protect against it. new strain, could still offer greater protection to the most vulnerable; in addition, relaxation with measures to prevent Covid-19, such as using a mask, hand hygiene and avoiding agglomerations, was also an important factor for the outbreak, because the form of contagion is the same.
To avoid catching any type of flu, precautions are the same against Covid-19: protection mask; constant hand hygiene (with soap and water, or alcohol); avoid agglomeration; avoid putting your hands to your eyes, mouth or nose outside the home; and, above all, vaccination.