D-day of the vaccination campaign for children and adolescents

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This Saturday (17), children and adolescents have the opportunity to update their vaccination books. The so-called D-Day of national mobilization for vaccination is a strategy adopted for years by health authorities, with the aim of ensuring that as many people as possible have access to all vaccines on the national calendar.

According to the folder, with the multivaccination campaign it is possible to avoid the risk of acquiring diseases such as measles, yellow fever, rubella, mumps, hepatitis A and B, among others.

In a note, the Ministry of Health (MS) informed that the health posts are adapted to avoid the risk of contamination by Covid-19, and that it has been giving guidelines for the vaccination actions to be carried out according to the recommendations on social distance, with washing hand, use of gel alcohol and mask.

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. “As a consequence, diseases that were already eliminated in Brazil have again become a problem for everyone’s health, such as measles, for example,” warned the MS in a note sent to Agência Brasil.

According to MS, 7.7 million children and adolescents under 15 years of age 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.

Polio

The Ministry of Health adds that vaccination against polio, which started on the last 5, will continue until October 30 at more than 40 thousand vaccination posts spread across the country. It is expected that around 11 million children aged 1 to 5 years will receive the oral polio vaccine (OPV), provided they have received the three doses of the inactivated polio vaccine (VIP), of the basic vaccination schedule.

The goal announced by the MS is to vaccinate at least 95% of children. Children up to 11 months and 29 days old should be vaccinated in accordance with the National Vaccination Calendar, with VIP.



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