The incidence rate of respiratory virus falls for the second consecutive week to 231 cases per 100,000 inhabitants

Feb 2, 2024 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The number of people vaccinated increased by 8,000 compared to the previous campaign.

According to the weekly report of Epidemiological Surveillance of the Balearic Islands, the overall incidence rate of acute respiratory infections (ARI) fell in the fourth week of the year, standing at 231.6 cases/100,000 inhabitants and confirming the downward trend that began in week 3 (242.2).

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The incidence rate of respiratory virus falls for the second consecutive week

As for the seasonal influenza epidemic, the overall rate of influenza this week decreased significantly from 109.4 cases in week 3 to 60.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Meanwhile, the overall rate of COVID-19 in the community continues the downward trend and remains at 7.6 cases/100,000. Like the other respiratory viruses, the overall rate of respiratory syncytial virus fell to 6.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Influenza vaccination campaign as of January 30, 2024

As of January 30, 2024, there is a total of 174,245 people vaccinated against influenza in the Balearic Islands, compared to 166,215 last year. The total flu vaccination coverage is 22.68 % of the population. It is remarkable the fact that this year’s target population is much higher than in previous campaigns, as new risk groups have been included, such as children up to five years old or smokers. Thus, while for the 2023-2024 campaign, the target population is 722,580 people, in the last campaign the target population was 459,981 people.

Since the first days of January, Health took a series of measures to boost the vaccination campaign, among which was the implementation of vaccination without an appointment in primary care health centres. An appeal was then made to citizens who had not yet been vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19 and for combined vaccination. The objective was to facilitate access to vaccination, with or without an appointment, to increase the vaccinated population data given the increase in diagnosed cases of influenza. According to the data collected, the population of the Balearic Islands has responded positively to the vaccination campaign.

Thus, only during the first fifteen days of 2024, a total of 17,046 people were vaccinated against influenza, while during the first fortnight of 2023, 6,044 were vaccinated. These data reflect that the response to the vaccination campaign, in these fifteen days, has multiplied by three the number of people protected against the flu virus in the Balearic Islands.

Influenza vaccination on January 30, 2024, by islands:

Mallorca: 143,044 vaccinated. Target population: 576,597 people. Coverage: 23.29 %.
Menorca: 13,154 vaccinated. Target population: 54,669 people. Coverage: 22.68 %.
Eivissa and Formentera: 18,047 vaccinated. Target population: 91,314 persons. Coverage: 18.84 %.
Vaccination against COVID on January 30, 2024

As of today (30-01-2024), there is a total of 138,096 people vaccinated in the Balearic Islands against COVID-19. With a target population of 456,007 people, the vaccination coverage achieved is 28.06%.

Vaccination against COVID as of January 30, 2024, by islands:

Majorca: 113,613 vaccinated. Target population: 363,965 people. Coverage: 28.89 %.
Menorca: 10,793 vaccinated. Target population: 36,745 people. Coverage: 27.45 %.
Eivissa and Formentera: 13,690 vaccinated. Target population: 55,297 people. Coverage: 23.01 %.
Vaccination of the combined vaccination on January 30, 2024

As of January 30, a total of 126,678 persons have been immunized in the Balearic Islands with the combined influenza and COVID-19 vaccine, with a target population of 456,007 and a total vaccination coverage of 25.76%.

Vaccination of the combined vaccine as of January 30, 2024, by islands:

Majorca: 104,191 vaccinated. Target population: 363,965 persons. Coverage: 26.52 %.
Menorca: 9,668 vaccinated. Target population: 36,745 people. Coverage: 24.57 %.
Eivissa and Formentera: 12,819 vaccinated. Target population: 55,297 persons. Coverage: 21.60%.
Vaccination against RSV on 30 January 2024

As for the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine, 4,979 children have been vaccinated in the Balearic Islands to date. The target population (children born from March 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024) is estimated at 6,621 children and a vaccination coverage of 75.20% has been achieved.

Vaccination against RSV as of 30 January 2024, by islands:

Majorca: 4,105 vaccinated. Population: 5,156 persons. Coverage: 79.62 %.
Menorca: 370 vaccinated. Population: 495 persons. Coverage: 74,75 %.
Eivissa and Formentera: 503 vaccinated. Population: 948 persons. Coverage: 53,06 %.