UFMG – Federal University of Minas Gerais

Vaccinations are crucial in eradicating measles. Photo: Chico Bezerra / Jaboatão dos Guararapes Town Hall

Worldwide measles cases increased by almost 80% in the first two months of 2022 compared to the same period last year. This year there were more than 17 thousand cases, while in 2021 there were about nine thousand SIX Hundred cases. The data are from Unicef ​​and the WHO, the World Health Organization. Measles is a highly contagious airway disease and can only be prevented by vaccination. Not long ago, it was rare to hear of people getting the virus. No wonder: Brazil managed to eradicate the disease in 2016 after receiving a certificate from the WHO, but the status was lost three years later. The Covid-19 pandemic came and highlighted the decline in vaccinations. To reverse this scenario, since the beginning of April, we have been involved in the 8th National Measles Vaccination Campaign for children and health professionals aged six months and under. The measure will be implemented in parallel with the influenza vaccination campaign and will continue on 3.6. According to the latest epidemiological bulletin issued by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday 26th, 13 cases of the disease were confirmed in Brazil in 2022, twelve in Amapá and one in the state of São Paulo. 98 is still under investigation. In Minas Gerais, only 11% of the target population of more than one million and 100,000 children have been vaccinated since the start of the campaign. Among health care professionals, this figure is 21.5 percent. The mobilization of D-Day in the country is next Saturday, April 30th. Today, Brazil’s primary health units are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for measles and influenza vaccinations. More information on the website of the Ministry of Health.

To understand this scenario of high infection, low vaccination coverage, and the reasons why measles was again a concern, the Conexões program discussed with an infectologist, professor at the medical faculty of Minas Gerais, and a member of the organization. Department of Infectious Diseases, Pediatrician of the Minas Gerais Society of Pediatrics, Daniela Caldas.

Listen to the conversation with host Luiza Glória.

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