Influenza and measles vaccination in children is expected this Monday (25th)

The audience in the six-month and under-five-year age group at RS is estimated at 620,000 children

The Ministry of Health (SES) predicts this Monday (April 25) the start of vaccination against influenza (flu) and measles in children aged six months and under. The strategy, originally scheduled to begin on May 3, was brought forward due to growing demand for first aid for children in the Respiratory Health Network.

The goal is to vaccinate 90% of the population in this age group in Rio Grande do Sul, an estimated 620,000 children. The following Saturday (April 30) is the day D, when the dosing stations are exceptionally opened. Vaccination against influenza and measles (triple viral vaccine) can be given at the same time.

If your child is getting the flu vaccine for the first time this year, they should be given two doses every 30 days. If your child has been vaccinated against the flu in another year, the vaccinations will be a single dose, as in other age groups. The composition of the trivalent influenza vaccine used by the Unified Health System (SUS) produced by the Bhutanese Institute is constantly being updated to provide effective protection against new virus strains. The vaccine is effective against H1N1, H3N2 and type B strains.

MMR is an attenuated vaccine that contains “attenuated” live measles, rubella, and mumps viruses and is routinely administered in childhood in two doses. The first dose should be taken at one year of age and the second at 15 months of age. Thus, to increase vaccination coverage and prevent epidemics, measles vaccination is part of the routine doses available at outlets throughout the year.

Vaccinations are open to groups of seniors and health care workers who started vaccination on April 4th. To date, 546,000 people aged 60 and over have been vaccinated, representing 26 percent of the target population. The same index has already been achieved among health care workers, vaccinated 95 thousand people.

On May 3, the campaign will cover other priority groups, such as pregnant women, women who have given birth, comorbidities, people with permanent disabilities, etc. More than 4.9 million people belong to the eligible groups.

Dose distribution

The Finnish Health Service Agency plans to distribute more than 343,990 doses of influenza vaccine to municipalities on Tuesday (April 26) and expects to receive 153,000 doses of MMR vaccine from the Ministry of Health next week.

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