Ricardo Wolffenbuttel / SECOM
With less than a month to go before the vaccination campaigns against flu and measles come to an end, the Santa Catarina Ministry of Health (SES) warns of low demand for the vaccines. So far, not even half of the desired influenza or measles vaccination coverage has been achieved. The targets are 90% and 95%. Campaigns end on June 3rd.
For the influenza vaccination campaign, vaccination coverage is 35%. Only 17.6% of children under 6 months of age were vaccinated; the coverage of teachers is 11.5%; and only 10.7% in pregnant women.
In the case of measles, vaccination coverage is 22.9%, which is also far from expected. Vaccination coverage for children under 6 months of age is 16% and for healthcare workers 37%.
Arieli Fialho, Dive’s vaccination manager, once again emphasizes the importance of vaccination. “We demand so many vaccinations because it’s the best way to avoid measles and complications and even death from the flu. People in priority groups are offered free vaccines at health centers across the state and they are safe and effective. So we trust the population to reach , ”The director decides.
Influenza and measles vaccination campaigns began on April 4 and will continue until June 3. In the case of influenza, all persons belonging to one of the priority groups may be vaccinated:
The elderly over the age of 60;
Health care workers;
Children from 6 months to under 5 years of age;
Pregnant and postpartum women (mothers up to 45 days postpartum);
People with co-morbidities;
Public transport workers;
Security and rescue and armed forces;
prison system officials;
Population deprived of their liberty and young people aged 12 to 21 on the basis of socio-educational activities.
The influenza vaccination campaign uses a trivalent influenza vaccine that protects against three influenza viruses: A (H1N1), A (H3N2) and B.
Healthcare workers and children 6 months of age and under 5 years of age can be vaccinated against measles, and vaccinating this population is indiscriminate, meaning that even if the vaccination program is complete, a person must receive a dose of MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella.