Costa Rican begins influenza vaccination campaign

first_imgRelated posts:Social Security System launches anti-influenza vaccination campaign Health Ministry confirms 10 deaths caused by influenza virus Costa Rica studies longevity of its centenarian citizens French family in Costa Rica that had been quarantined for measles leaves hospital Health authorities launched Monday a vaccination campaign against the Influenza A and B viruses.The campaign will last until July 22 and will target people with diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, pregnant women, the elderly, and other people with risk factors that make them more susceptible to complications and deaths from influenza.These groups are joined by children between five and six years of age and workers who work in immigration functions at airports and border posts.The investment in the campaign is $6.7 million, and vaccinations are now available in all health facilities. The Health Ministry’s goal is to immunize 1.3 million people.“Historically the time of greatest circulation of respiratory viruses has been in the second half of the year, but in 2019 we have seen an increase in the last weeks of May and the first of June,” said Health Minister Daniel Salas. “For this reason, we ask the population to take preventive measures for these diseases: wash their hands with soap and water, cough and sneeze correctly, stay home if they are sick to avoid contagion, and heed the call of this vaccination campaign against influenza.”The Costa Rican Social Security System coordinator for the immunization program, Leandra Abarca, explained that the goal of ​​the CCSS is to reduce incidences of respiratory complications associated with flu viruses. She said that since the introduction of the vaccine, in 2004, these complications have been reduced in the national territory.Health authorities hope that this year, the response of the population to the vaccination call will exceed the results of 2018, when a protection coverage close to 92% was achieved, which was considered satisfactory by the CCSS specialists.Editor’s note: On Monday, the National Children’s Hospital confirmed two children had died of influenza. Semanario Universidad LogoThis story was originally published by Semanario Universidad. It was translated with permission by The Tico Times. Read the original report here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — At some point recently you may hav

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — At some point recently, you may have heard that the NFL has become a passing league. It’s true. Quarterbacks are piling up yards while receivers are putting up monster totals. Records are continually falling, and while it’s not quite the Arena Football League, defenses are still left trying to add pass rushers and cornerbacks to combat the aerial assault. “Yeah, probably since the last time they emphasized the rules after the New England/Indianapolis stuff that went on and it got hard for a couple years,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if it is more difficult to play cornerback now than at any other time in NFL history. “I like the new rules. I think our guys are athletic enough to play without their hands on defense, and people need to keep their hands off peoples’ facemask. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   “I think the rules are good.”Spoken like a coach whose background is on the offensive side of the ball.According to, referees are flagging teams for an average of 0.99 defensive holding, 0.891 defensive pass interference, 0.457 illegal contact and 0.761 illegal use of hands penalties per game. Those numbers, while not necessarily high, are all up from last season, when there was less emphasis on enforcing certain rules.You will not find anyone in the Cardinals’ secondary complaining about the referees and attributing any struggles they may have to the way the games are being called. However, the already difficult task of containing the opponent’s receivers is now even more so.“Oh no question, no question,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said when asked the same question as his coach. “I mean, you can’t touch them. After five yards you can’t touch them. Football is a physical game; we all understand as defensive players it’s becoming more of an offensive game. The NFL wants TV ratings and wants the game to be exciting. We understand that part.“But it’s definitely tough to be a defensive back in this league because all the rules favor the receiver, and it’s just our job to adjust.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more