City Hall is expanding vaccination coverage against influenza and measles

City Hall is promoting Day D to expand vaccination coverage against the flu and measles


The city of Manaus is promoting this Saturday 14.5. nine consecutive hours of immunization “during day D of the influenza and measles vaccination campaign” and 508 points working from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in all geographic areas. city. The aim of the municipal health agency (Semsa) is to strengthen the protection of 455,143 people against influenza (flu) and the protection of 216,407 people against measles.

According to Health Secretary Djalma Coelho, seven priority groups, three different virus strains (H1N1, H3N2 and B / Victoria strain) can be immunized against influenza with an effective trivalent vaccine. The target audience is children aged 6 months and under 5 years; health workers; The elderly 60 years of age or older; pregnant women; women who have given birth; teachers; and the villagers.

Children six months of age and under 5 years of age and healthcare workers are vaccinated against measles with the MMR vaccine, which continues to protect against mumps and rubella.

“Semsa began importing vaccines in Manaus on April 4, the first phase for healthcare workers and the elderly. We have already made progress with the entry of new groups, but demand is still weak. We need to expand the coverage of vaccines against diseases in the city, and we will do everything we can to make it easier for the population to enter the area, he said.

Djalma said the goal set by the Ministry of Health is to reach 90% of the target audience with the flu vaccine. Semsa’s estimate serves 185,241 seniors; 159,789 children; 56,618 health care workers; 27,974 pregnant women; 4,599 postpartum women; 20,339 teachers; and 583 indigenous peoples.

– The villagers have been involved in the campaign since this Saturday, but the vaccine will be delivered to them through Dseis (the original special health district). The vaccination strategy has also been differentiated for the public in rural areas, where health teams have already intensified vaccinations for these sites in line with adequate logistics, ”the Semsan director pointed out.

As for measles, the goal is to vaccinate 159,789 children and 56,618 health care workers. Manaus is vulnerable because of the disease, as 90% of new cases in Brazil are in the northern region, Djalma said.

“We aim to vaccinate 95 percent of the population with MMR as directed by the Department of Health. Our biggest concern concerns children under the age of 2, who tend to develop more aggressive forms of the disease even though the disease infects people of all ages. Only a vaccine can protect everyone from the virus,” he said.

Presence

During Day D, this Saturday, May 14, Semsa will have 508 vaccination points from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in health centers and alternative locations such as shopping malls, bakeries, churches, supermarkets, pharmacies, markets, bars. , associations, fairs and cafes. Vaccine workers also work in mobile places to serve inpatients and the population in low-flow areas.

All addresses in the list can be checked on the Semsa website (semsa.manaus.am.gov.br) or directly from the link bit.ly/LocaisDiaD in addition to the secretary’s social media (@semsamanaus on Instagram and Semsa Manaus on Facebook).

“D-Day is one of SUS’s principles, and it’s one of SUS’s principles for decentralizing health services, and it’s a great opportunity for everyone to protect themselves against the flu and measles. Children who don’t get vaccinations from the basic vaccination calendar can also update the document. right, and the population must fulfill its obligation to come to us to take it, ”Djalma said.

Users must present a photo ID and vaccination card to receive the vaccine. Healthcare workers and teachers must have a document proving their employment and a birth card for pregnant women and women who have given birth.

Target audience

Also, according to Djalma, when Manaus receives new doses from the Ministry of Health, influenza vaccination will also be permanently extended to people with disabilities; Security and rescue forces; Army; truck drivers; urban and long-distance public road passenger transport workers (driver and conductor in active work); port workers; prison system staff; young people and young people aged 12 to 21 in the context of socio-educational activities; freedom of the deprived population; and people with non-communicable chronic disease and other specific clinical conditions).

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Text – Victor Cruz / Semsa

Photograph – Camila Batista / Semsa

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