Eight deaths due to influenza in Jalisco

The Secretary of Health in Jalisco (SSJ) reported eight deaths due to influenza so far this season, of five deaths were reported this week.

General Directorate of Public Health reported that during the epidemiological week three of the year, 16 new cases of influenza were reported, making a total of 52 cases for the season.

The state agency said that the five deaths reported this week correspond to beneficiaries of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), four of whom had residence in the municipality of Guadalajara and one in Puerto Vallarta.

Two of the deaths were in children under five years old and had no history of vaccination. The other three cases were older than 20 years, two of them with comorbidities (hypertension) and no history of vaccination.

The statement states that 57% of all cases are female and the most affected group is one to nine years of age.

The municipalities with the highest number of patients are: Guadalajara (21), Tlaquepaque (11), Zapopan (eight), Puerto Vallarta (three) and Tonalá (two), which together account for 86.5% of confirmed cases.

The SSJ calls on the population to reinforce preventive measures against influenza and to receive the vaccine at their nearest health unit, especially in children under five years of age, pregnant women and adults over 60 years of age.

The advance in the application of the vaccine in Jalisco is 80.6% with a total of 1,823,135 vaccines given. To date, there is enough vaccine in the medical units of Jalisco.

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