A total of 5,381 children in Ibiza and Formentera can get vaccinated against the flu starting today, according to the Balearic Health ministry. This marks the beginning of the vaccination campaign for children in the islands, with a target population of 39,344 children, out of which 2,226 are eligible to receive the combined flu and Covid-19 vaccine. In the Pitiusas region, 69 minors are eligible for the combined vaccine.
5 Things You Need To Know
– The flu vaccination now includes universal vaccination of children aged 6 to 59 months.
– Children aged 6 to 23 months and those older than 5 years who do not belong to a high-risk group will receive a single dose via intramuscular injection. Those belonging to a high-risk group will receive two doses with a four-week interval. Children aged 24 to 59 months will receive a single dose via nasal spray.
– The Covid-19 vaccination will be administered at hospitals for children aged 6 months to 4 years, and at health centers for those older than 5 years. A minimum of 3 months must have passed since the last vaccine dose or infection.
– In Mallorca, up to 30,979 children (1,812 for combined vaccination) can receive the flu vaccine, in Menorca there are 2,899 children (69 for combined vaccination), and in Ibiza and Formentera there are 5,381 children (345 of whom can receive the combined vaccine).
– The main objective of the campaign is to achieve a high coverage of both vaccines among all high-risk groups. The health minister emphasized the importance of vaccination in children, as they can be carriers of the virus and spread it at home.
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