The 152 health centers in Belo Horizonte will be open this Saturday (17th) for the immunization of children aged 1 to 4 years against polio, a disease that causes childhood paralysis. Vaccination D-Day will be held from 8 am to 5 pm.
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Children from 1 to 4 years old should be vaccinated
According to the Municipal Health Secretariat (SMSA), 68% of children aged 1 year were immunized against the disease in 2020. The goal is to reach 95% of the target audience.
D-Day, this Saturday, also covers children and teenagers from 1 to 14 years old who need to update their passbook. According to the folder, it is essential that parents and guardians take the document to check the doses already applied. But those who do not have the passbook can also be immunized.
Remember that only people wearing masks will be served. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is not mandatory for children up to 2 years old.
In Minas Gerais, according to the State Department of Health (SES), there are 1,034,782 children under the age of 5 who can be vaccinated against polio. The goal is to reach 95% of the target audience.
State Coordinator of the Immunization Program of the State Department of Health (SES), Josianne Gusmão notes that vaccination is the only way to protect against the disease, in addition to preventing its reintroduction into Brazilian territory – the last case in the country was in 1990. “Therefore, we must take the children to vaccinate and, thus, keep vaccination coverage high,” he stressed.
Acute viral infectious-contagious disease is caused by poliovirus and is characterized by a flaccid, sudden onset condition. It affects the lower limbs, asymmetrically, with muscle flaccidity and absence of reflexes in the affected segment as main characteristics.
(* With information from the State Department of Health)
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