This Saturday (April 30), Curitiba City Hall began flu vaccination for children 6 months and under 5 years of age (4 years, 11 months, and 29 days). They also received a dose of triple viral vaccine (VTV), which protects against mumps, rubella and measles, diseases that have risen again in the country. The city health office closed the day with 16,940 doses.
Next week, the campaign will be extended to pregnant and postpartum women. Homeless and indigenous peoples are also vaccinated. Audiences already invited (children from 6 months to under 5 years of age and elderly people over 60 years of age) can also be vaccinated.
These audiences are among the priority groups defined by the Ministry of Health that these people are more vulnerable to the complications caused by the flu.
26 primary health care units were opened this Saturday. Tarcis Prado Júnior and his wife, Flávia de Souza Prado, chose the Mãe Curitibana Health Unit in São Francisco to vaccinate their children, Enzo, 4, and Isis, 2. Although the brothers had been accustomed to receiving vaccinations since they were babies, they were a little scared and welcomed into their father’s arms during the two doses.
“The vaccine protects our children from an early age, we take care of their health from the beginning. I think it is very important to show that we, the parents, but also the town hall and society as a whole care about the health of the little ones. The best we can give our children is this care, the responsibility of father and mother, ”Tarcis defined.
Carmen de Oliveira woke up early and took her daughter Yasmin, 3 years and 6 months, to get both vaccines. “It’s important to prevent my daughter from getting these diseases. Her vaccination information is up to date and all mothers should do the same, ”Carmen emphasizes.
Vinícius Konchinski, a resident of the Mercês district, went by bicycle to pick up 2-year-old João to keep his son’s vaccination routines up to date. In addition to being in charge of João’s health, Vinícius took advantage of the morning to ride with her only child. “It’s important to the health of João and all the children, so they’re all protected,” Vinícius concludes.
Parents of children who were unable to attend this Saturday can take them to vaccination points throughout the week. The review also applies to the elderly who have not yet been vaccinated against the flu.
The Municipal Health Agency (SMS) estimates that more than 125,000 children were eligible for vaccination this Saturday.
The triple virus vaccine (VTV) protects against mumps, rubella and measles, which has increased again in the country. No disease has been reported in Curitiba this year, but measles cases have increased in other states. As people move to other cities, the disease can arrive and spread if there is not much vaccination movement.
The 2022 campaign
SMS launched this year’s flu campaign on March 30 and has already vaccinated more than 93,000 people in the city. The ministry defines the primary audience according to the vulnerability and potential for complications of the flu.
The nationwide campaign was divided into two phases. Elderly people, children aged 6 months to 5 years, and vaccinations by health professionals are already underway in Curitiba. The convening of other priority groups will depend on the arrival of a new vaccine consignment.
Influenza vaccination of pregnant and postpartum women, indigenous peoples and the homeless will also begin next week.
Still to be called: people with comorbidities; permanently disabled; truck drivers; transport workers; port workers; security forces; army; workers in the system of deprivation of liberty, the population deprived of their liberty, and young people and young people in socio-educational activities.
In addition to the most vulnerable vaccinations, non-medical treatment must be maintained to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, not just the flu, such as regular hand hygiene, environmental ventilation, avoidance of conurbations and enclosures.
If you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, general malaise, sore throat, headache, body aches, chills), it is recommended to stay isolated. If you have to travel to seek health care, the direction is to use a face shield.
For SUS users with mild respiratory symptoms, first aid can be done by calling 3350-9000 Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.