Maringá expands vaccination against meningitis for children aged 5 to 10 years and health workers

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Following a recommendation from the Ministry of Health, the Health Department of Maringá decided to extend vaccination against meningitis (Meningococcal C) to two new audiences. Children aged 5 to 10 years old who have never been vaccinated and health workers of any age will be vaccinated in the municipality. The measure is valid until February 2023.

Normally, children aged 3 and 5 months receive the first and second doses and, at 12 months, a booster dose of Meningococcal C vaccine. However, those who, for some reason, have not been immunized against the disease at the indicated age will be able to receive the doses in this new opportunity.

According to the Municipality of Maringá, immunization is available in all 33 Basic Health Units (BHU) in the municipality, during routine vaccination schedules. Click here to check the opening hours.

To get vaccinated, you need to present CPF and vaccination card. For Health workers, updated proof of work is also required (pay slip, declaration or work card).

According to the Health Department, the Meningococcal C vaccine is contraindicated for pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding.

The basic vaccination schedule also includes the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine, with only one dose, exclusively for children aged 11 or 12 years.