April 20, 2022 | 09:00
More than 6,000 people have already been vaccinated against measles in the Vale do Aço macro-region
All children aged six months to less than five years should receive the MMR vaccine.
The nationwide measles vaccination campaign in 2022 began on April 4th. and continues on 3.6. until. The aim is to vaccinate children aged six months to less than 5 years (four years, 11 months and 29 days), including those who have already been vaccinated. disease and health care workers.
“The campaign offers an additional opportunity to capture children who have not been vaccinated or who have not had a satisfactory immune response to vaccination, minimizing the risk of developing the disease and thus reducing or eliminating the number of unvaccinated children,” Natália Littig explains. Colonel Fabriciano Immunization Coordinator at the Superintendence Regional Health Service (SRS).
In Brazil, the target population for measles vaccination is 18.8 million people; 12.9 million are children alone and about 5.9 million are health care workers.
In the state of Minas Gerais, the target population for vaccinations is 1.7 million people. Of these, 1.1 million children and 600,000 health care workers. According to the Localizasus portal of the Department of Health, more than 181,000 measles vaccines have been administered to date across the state, including 87,876 doses to children, 92,290 doses to health care workers, and 1,093 doses to adults and adolescents. The vaccination coverage of children is 7.54%.
By the end of this edition, 6,781 doses of measles vaccine, 3,847 children, 2,907 health care workers and 27 doses had been administered in the Coronel Fabriciano Regional Health Superintendency (SRS) macro-region, which includes 35 municipalities. teenagers and adults.
According to the vaccination coordinator, children have a goal that needs to be achieved. “Our goal is to vaccinate at least 95% of children aged six months and under,” said Natália Littig. So far, the vaccination coverage of the macro region is 8.22%.
April is also scheduled for D-mobilization Day, probably the 30th, along with the flu campaign. “The two campaigns will be run simultaneously and on April 30, most of our municipalities will face this vaccination,” he stressed.
The vaccination coordinator made an important observation. “There is a special feature of our region where some municipalities are on holiday today for the city’s birthday. So those municipalities that choose not to hold D-Day on April 30 can set another date, ”he added.
Natalia explained that the measles virus is circulating in the country and appealed to families to protect the children. “It’s important to talk to families about the fact that the virus under control has once again circulated and caused epidemics and infected children as well. So the most important thing is that we protect, we give extra protection to these children. ”
Measles is a serious infectious disease caused by a virus that is transmitted through speech, coughing and sneezing and is highly contagious and can be contracted by people of all ages. The only form of contraception is the vaccine available in the Unified Health System (SUS).
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