• Anuradha Mascarenhas

As state prepares to chalk out Covid vaccination plans, shots for 3 influenza strains had few takers

At least 2,82,558 pregnant women had taken the trivalent vaccine from July 2015 to November 2020 while 49,483 people with comorbidities like diabetes and hypertension took the flu shot in the past five years.


As the state is preparing to chalk out a Covid-19 vaccination programme, an analysis of just how many opted for a shot against three prevalent strains of influenza in the last five years shows that only 3.7 lakh people from three high-risk groups took the jab. Fewer than 60-70,000 people take the trivalent vaccine against influenza every year and of these, at least 75 per cent are pregnant women, the analysis by the state health department indicated.


From July 2015 till November 2020, as many as 3,71,736 people had taken the trivalent vaccine against influenza (three strains – Influenza B, H1N1 and H3N2). At least 2,82,558 pregnant women had taken the trivalent vaccine from July 2015 to November 2020 while 49,483 people with comorbidities like diabetes and hypertension took the flu shot in the past five years.


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