Next Saturday (17), D-Day of vaccination against polio takes place across the country. In Patos de Minas, doses will be available at family health units, with the exception of the USF Várzea and the rural area, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. The target audience is children from 1 year to under 5 years.
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Immunization is essential to keep polio eradicated in Brazil, which is why there is concern about the low demand for the vaccine in the municipality. From the beginning of the campaign, on October 5, until today, vaccination coverage is only 5.42%, while the goal is to reach 95%. “It is a very small percentage for ten days of the campaign. We have more than six thousand children in the indicated age group, and only 369 have received the dose against polio so far ”, warns the person in charge of immunization for the Epidemiological Surveillance, Lílian Silva Amorim.
Although called childhood paralysis, polio also affects adults. Anyone who is not properly immunized against the disease is at greater risk of contracting it. In addition to children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV) are more susceptible to complications if they contract the virus. According to the Ministry of Health, the last case of infection registered in Brazil was in 1989.
Multivaccination – Along with the campaign against polio, there is multivaccination, which focuses on children under 15 with incomplete passbooks. This group can also look for health facilities next Saturday to update the vaccination schedule.