Group calls for vaccinations in face of influenza epidemic
By The Star Staff
In the face of the recent influenza epidemic in Puerto Rico, VOCES Puerto Rico’s Coalition for Immunization and Health Promotion called late last week for vaccination and a resilient attitude to face the public health threat, stressing the importance of preventive measures such as vaccination.
“By getting vaccinated and taking precautions, we are strengthening the community’s capacity to overcome this serious health situation at risk,” VOCES CEO Lilliam Rodríguez Capó said. “There is protection for everyone from 6 months of age to older adults.”
The Department of Health has declared a state of epidemic, the first since 2016, with more than 13,666 cases in young people, 9,656 in adults and 2,578 in older adults. The most affected regions are Caguas and Ponce, with mass vaccination underway throughout the island.
“Vaccination is an act of solidarity to protect the most vulnerable in our society,” Rodríguez Capó added. “Together we can build an immunity barrier that benefits the entire community.”
Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough and sore throat, among others. In addition to the vaccine, it is recommended to avoid contact with sick people and maintain proper hygiene. VOCES is committed to educating about the importance of vaccination, with vaccines available at 330 Centers, pharmacies, and through health plans.
Vaccination events will be held at Ralph’s Food Warehouse today in Humacao and Tuesday in Yabucoa.
During “Black Friday” weekend, a vaccination event will be held at Plaza Las Américas in Hato Rey, San Juan from Friday to Sunday.