Portos do Paraná, Brazil, began vaccinating port workers against the common flu, which prevents the influenza virus, including H1N1 and H3N2. About 650 people are expected to be vaccinated during the immunization period.

Délcio Chicora, head of the Social Medical Assistance Section (SEAMES), says “the vaccine is available to all employees, subcontracted personnel and even those who are working from home can come to be vaccinated.

For this first stage, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Paranaguá City Hall, 300 doses were made available. “The city’s Health Department has already reported that more vaccines will be available in the coming weeks to cover all employees,” Chicora added.

On the first day of vaccination, 200 workers were immunized, while the next stage will take place on Wednesday 22.

“Having the possibility to be vaccinated at work is good, since it prevents the worker from having to go to a health center. We are taking care of our health, our family and setting an example that we need to follow the rules for disease prevention,” said the head of the Personnel Administration Section (SEAPES), Cid José Pereira.