Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez recently led the flu immunization drive for more than 3,400 elders in 16 villages held in partnership with Sanofi Pasteur.
“The senior citizens here are well taken care of,” he said, adding that the package on top of the national goverment benefits includes birthday wellwishers, additional movie privileges, free hospital services, and continuous medical programs.
Dr. Olga Virtusio, City Health chief, said the vacccines were important at the outset of the cold season.
“The senior citizens are actually one of the target populations for the flu vaccine because they are part of the vulnerable group. At their age, they are prone to pneumonia and respiratory tract infections. They also have terrible asthma attacks. The vaccine prevents the occurrence of complications of influenza, and it increases their immune system,” she said.
Chairman Dante Pacheco of Senior Citizens Affairs said the city government partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Sanofi in organizing the anti-flu campaign for elders.
For Yonita Buyoc, 72, a first-time welcomed the shots were important and they saved her money.
Rosalinda Verdan, 65, tagged along her husband.
“It’s hard when the elderly gets sick. We just don’t get weak physically; we have to spend more money on medicines,” she said, thanking Olivares for the free vaccines.
She said that they are grateful because they were able to save money because the flu vaccine is given for free.