The Ministry of health of Ukraine warned about the risk of fall three strains of influenza virus, however, reassured – flu vaccines is. This was reported on the website of the Ministry of health.
Season flu will start in October 2018 and will last until may 2019.
According to the forecast of the world health organization, the viruses that will likely circulate in Ukraine are:
- the virus similar to A/Michigan/45/2015(H1N1)pdm09;
- the virus similar to A/Singapore/ INFIMH-16-0019/2016(H3N2);
- the virus is similar to the B/Colorado/06/2017.
“Already re-registered vaccine of appropriate strain composition of influenza vaccine. For season 2018-2019 year in Ukraine is expected to have three flu vaccines. One of them is already registered in Ukraine, a second vaccine has completed the process of the specialized expertise of the registration materials for the third vaccine are pending in State expert center”, – stated in the message.
The health Ministry said that the vaccine will be available in the pharmacy at his own expense and make the appropriate vaccination in a health care setting. The cost of 1 dose of vaccine that protects against influenza for the whole season, is about 200 hryvnia.
“The vaccine will be available in pharmacies within one month,” added the Ministry of health.
“The Ministry of health of Ukraine has carried out the necessary steps to vaccines did a great job in pharmacies and every citizen could without any trouble to secure a reliable protection. This will help to prevent severe complications from flu and to reduce the incidence,” said the Deputy health Minister for European integration Olga Stefanyshyna.
According to statistics, every year in Ukraine there are nearly 6 million infections, 98% of whom are of influenza and SARS. However, influenza vaccination remains very low.
The Ministry noted that over the previous 3 season the level of vaccination among the General population was about 0.5%.
The Ministry of health says that vaccination is the most reliable method of preventing disease and preventing its serious complications.
The vaccine can be purchased for the funds of enterprises and local budgets for priority risk groups – health workers, teachers, children under 5, pregnant women, the elderly, patients with chronic diseases. The Ministry of health of Ukraine recommends to the local authorities and businesses to ensure the vaccination of people from risk groups and employees.
According to the Ministry, in the past epidemic season in Ukraine there were seven deaths from the flu, none of these patients had not been vaccinated from it.