February 8th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Respiratory infections continue to fill Costa Rica’s hospitals and clinics, representing 12% of all care given and ranking as the most common reason residents are seeking medical care, according to the Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS).
As a result, doctors are calling on residents to avoid infection and to receive proper vaccination, particularly in children under 5 and people over 50 years of age.
Javier Mora, a specialist in internal medicine, also said that those suffering from asthma, bronchitis, and diabetes are at higher risk and may also develop more severe infections, and as such should be vaccinated as soon as possible against both pneumococcus and influenza.
The CCSS has been running an awareness campaign for influenza vaccination since December 10th, though only 49.75% of the 378,200 doses of vaccine have been administered.
Children, now back in school, are also now at higher risk of respiratory infections and flu, and authorities are urging parents to get their children vaccinated.
In the first half of last year alone, the Children’s Hospital saw more than 8,000 children with respiratory infections.