April 20, 2022 | 09:00
More than 6,000 people have already been vaccinated against measles in the Vale do Aço macro-region
All children aged six months to less than five years should receive a dose of the MMR vaccine.
The National Measles Vaccination Campaign 2022 started on April 4th and runs until June 3rd. The objective is to vaccinate children from six months to under five years old (four years, 11 months and 29 days), even those who have already have been immunized against the disease, and health workers.
“The campaign represents an additional opportunity to capture children who have not been vaccinated or who have not had a satisfactory immune response to vaccination, minimizing the risk of illness and, consequently, reducing or eliminating the number of unvaccinated children”, explained Natália Littig, immunization coordinator at the Superintendence. Regional Health Service (SRS) of Colonel Fabriciano.
In Brazil, the target audience for measles immunization is 18.8 million people; 12.9 million are children only and about 5.9 million are health workers.
In the state of Minas Gerais, the target audience for vaccination is 1.7 million people. Of this total, 1.1 million children and 600,000 health workers. According to data from the Ministry of Health’s Localizasus portal, so far more than 181,000 doses of the measles vaccine have been administered throughout the state, 87,876 in children, 92,290 in health workers and 1,093 in adults and adolescents. . Children’s vaccination coverage is 7.54%.
In the macro-region of the Regional Health Superintendence (SRS) of Coronel Fabriciano, which encompasses 35 municipalities, until the closing of this edition, 6,781 doses of the measles immunizer had been administered, 3,847 in children, 2,907 in health workers and 27 in adolescents. and adults.
According to the immunization coordinator, for children there is a target to be achieved. “Our goal is to vaccinate at least 95% of children from six months to under five years of age”, informed Natália Littig. For now, vaccination coverage in the macro-region is 8.22%.
Also in April, a D-Day of mobilization is planned, probably on the 30th, together with the influenza campaign. “The two campaigns are being carried out concomitantly and on April 30, most of our municipalities will meet this vaccination”, he highlighted.
The immunization coordinator made an important observation. “There is a specificity in our region, where some municipalities will be on holiday for the city’s birthday on this day. So those municipalities that choose not to hold D-Day on April 30th will be able to set another date,” she added.
Natalia explained that the country is going through a period of recirculation of the measles virus and made an appeal for families to protect children. “It is important to talk to families that a virus that was under control has circulated again and has created outbreak situations and has also been transmitted to children. So the important thing is that we protect, give extra protection to these children”.
Measles is a serious infectious disease, caused by a virus, transmitted by speech, coughing and sneezing, and extremely contagious, and can be contracted by people of any age. The only form of prevention is the vaccine available in the Unified Health System (SUS).
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