This Saturday (30th), the SP board will advertise “Day D” to vaccinate children against measles and the flu. The aim of the measure is to vaccinate children under 6 months of age – under 5 years of age – to prevent diseases in this age group. The campaign will be held at approximately 3,200 health stations across the state, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It is important to raise awareness among parents and carers about the importance of childhood flu and measles vaccinations. Vaccines are safe and protect against serious forms of the disease, ”emphasizes Núbia Araújo, São Paulo’s director of immunization.
The goal is to vaccinate 95% of children (target group 12.9 million) against measles and update the vaccination magazine for health professionals. These workers already have the flu vaccine available from the beginning of the month.
This Saturday also marks the start of a new phase in the flu vaccination campaign, which is aimed at children under 6 months of age.
Vaccinations of people over 60 and health professionals have been vaccinated since the end of May, and so far only 30.9% of the target population has been vaccinated. The SP government and the Ministry of Health aim to vaccinate 95% of the population.
In this 30-day special event, children, the elderly and health professionals can be vaccinated against the flu. The influenza vaccine is trivalent and 100% manufactured by the Butantan Institute and consists of the Darwin subtype H1N1, B and H3N2 viruses that caused the epidemics that occurred at the end of last year.
Measles and influenza vaccines can be given at the same time, except in people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19.
In this case, it is recommended to wait 30 days after applying for the vaccine for other diseases after recovery of the clinical picture. In addition, children aged 5 to 11 years are required to take a 15-day break between campaign and coronavirus vaccines.
Influenza vaccination program SP
– 27 March: pensioners over the age of 80;
– 4 April: pensioners over the age of 60 and health workers;
– 30 April: children over 6 months of age – children under 5 years of age;
– 2 May: pregnant women and mothers;
– 9 May: indigenous peoples, teachers, people with disabilities and people with co-morbidities;
– 16 May: security and rescue forces, armed forces, prison system workers, truck drivers, urban and long-distance public transport workers, port workers and young people and young people deprived of their liberty.