Measles: 85% of the target population has not yet been vaccinated; the state makes D-Day – general

89% of children have not yet been vaccinated against measles. (photo: Shutterstock)

The Ministry of Health believes it was destroyed in Brazil in 2016, and measles has returned, infecting the country and Minas Gerais due to poor vaccine binding. To promote the immunization of children between the ages of six months and five years, the Minas Gerais State Department of Health (SES-MG) will hold a D-Day next Saturday (April 30) where all primary health care units will operate to use the vaccine.

According to SES-MG, even the launch of the 8th national measles surveillance campaign 4.4. so far only 11% of the population has been vaccinated. The state estimated a total of 1,165,916 children, and only 128,323 received the vaccine until last Tuesday (April 26).

Another audience that should also be vaccinated are healthcare workers. There were 130,148 people vaccinated out of an estimated 606,091, up 21.5 percent. The campaign continues on March 6. and a total of about 85% of the target population is unvaccinated. The vaccine against measles is a so-called triple virus vaccine in two doses, which also applies to rubella and mumps.

The last campaign in 2021 resulted in vaccination coverage still falling short of the 95 per cent target recommended by the Ministry of Health. 79.82% of children less than 12 months of age were achieved with the first dose (D1) and 64.52% of children 15 months of age with the second dose (D2).

Only vaccinations can stop the active circulation of the virus in the country, minimize the burden of the disease and protect the population, as well as reduce the burden of health services caused by infections. As schools recover and masks are released, the environment becomes even more conducive to pollution.

“Vaccines save lives, which is why it’s so important to keep your vaccination card up to date. Parents and guardians must take their children to receive the vaccine and everyone must keep their vaccination cards up to date, ”confirms Josianne Dias Gusmão, coordinator of the SES-MG immunization program.


Measles is a contagious, acute, contagious and highly contagious disease that can lead to complications and death, especially in children under one year of age. However, it can be prevented by administering an MMR vaccine.

In 2021, 668 cases of measles were reported in the country and in 2022 to date 9. Minas were reported in 160 cases in 2019 and 24 cases in 2020. This is 53 data from the Ministry of Health Epidemiological Bulletin No. 11.

* Trainee under the supervision of Jociane Morais, a journalist

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