The search for vaccines was timid this Saturday morning, D-Day of the multivaccination campaign, at UBSF (Basic Family Health Unit) Dr Syrzil Wilson Maksoud, in Bairro Sírio Libanês, in Campo Grande. The unit was chosen by Sesau (Municipal Health Secretariat) to launch the campaign. Holder of the portfolio, José Mauro Filho was concerned about the general decline in the number of immunizations.
“Vaccination coverage fell across the country, because of this it is very important that parents are attentive to updating vaccines”, he stressed.
Sesau’s target audience in this campaign is to vaccinate 48 thousand among children and adolescents. From 12 months to 5 years old, the Secretary’s reinforcement is related to polio immunization, for adolescents up to 15 years old, the focus is on updating the vaccine booklet.
All 71 health units in the capital will be open until 5 pm. “The participation of parents is important so that we can leverage vaccination coverage and avoid diseases that can even lead to death”, stresses the secretary.
Superintendent of Health Surveillance, Veruska Lahdo, explains that the campaign comes from the Ministry of Health, given the measles numbers of 2019.
“We don’t want this to happen, in parallel to this, we are fighting for a vaccine against covid, we know how important this prevention and immunization is, our attention with polio is so that what happened to measles does not happen. We hope to be successful in the campaign and for people to seek health units “, he maintains.
At the end of the month, in partnership with the Rotary Club, a new vaccination station will be set up for the population at Shopping Norte Sul Plaza so that families have access to vaccines at extended hours.
Mother of two, Thaianne Almeida, 27, took advantage of the campaign to update the children’s vaccination booklet. “I always worry about vaccinations, the oldest is up to date, the baby who was late with a dose, then I insist on vaccinating to protect against diseases. It is important that other parents have this same concern”, he highlights.
Who can get vaccinated? – Children aged between 12 months and under 5 years of age may be vaccinated against polio, that of the droplet. The latest campaigns to prevent childhood paralysis, a disease caused by polio, took place in 2015 and 2018.
Children and adolescents up to 15 years old must go to the health units to confirm that their vaccination cards are up to date and, if not, to take the doses that are open. As the two campaigns are of immunobiologicals that are present in the child’s vaccination calendar, there is no target set for the public to be vaccinated.
Immunization program – Vaccination D-Day is part of the National Immunization Program (PNI), which offers 18 vaccines for children and adolescents. However, according to the ministry, the number of unvaccinated people has grown in recent years, and as a consequence, diseases that were already eliminated in Brazil have again become a problem for everyone’s health, such as measles, according to the Ministry. of health.
Across the country, there are 7.7 million children and adolescents under the age of 15 who were not vaccinated against yellow fever in 2019. In the case of Hepatitis B, about 24.8 million people of this age group have not been vaccinated. In relation to the vaccine against meningitis directed at adolescents aged 11 and 12, the number of non-vaccinated was 4.3 million.
In the case of the HPV vaccine, 73.6% of girls aged between 9 and 15 years took the first dose. The percentage is lower when considering the second stage of the vaccine: only 46% of the girls were immunized. Among boys aged 9 to 14 years, who were the target of a campaign, vaccination reaches 36.2% for the first dose; and 19.2% for the second dose.