More than 900 children are vaccinated against polio – GAZ

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Santa Cruz do Sul joined the so-called D-Day, national vaccination campaign against polio. Between 8 am and 2 pm this Saturday, 17, in 27 health units in the municipality, 941 children aged 1 to 4 years were immunized – 218 children aged 1 year, 229 aged 2, 252 aged 3 and 242 aged 4. The action across the country began on October 5. Since the date, 850 children have been vaccinated in the city.

Added to Saturday’s, the adhesion reaches 1,791 vaccinated children in the municipality. Although he considered the activity positive, given the expressive number of children vaccinated in a single day, the coordinator of the Immunizations sector of the Municipal Health Secretariat, nurse Roger Rodrigues Peres, explains that the number is still slightly below expectations, in view of the population target of the campaign against polio, which is made up of 5,531 children in Santa Cruz.

“These vaccination days are important, as it is an opportunity for those who work during the week to take their children to take this dose. However, we see that the numbers are still below what we would like, so we will continue to carry out this reinforcement and call people to take the children to the posts ”, he commented. He recalled that the deadline given by the Ministry of Health to carry out this vaccine is until the next 30 days.

Roger explained that the oral polio vaccine (OPV) is a booster to reduce the risk of importing the virus, as there are outbreaks abroad, in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. “The polio vaccine is within the normal vaccination schedule, however this specific extra dose is an important reinforcement that has been available until the 30th, so we emphasize the need for people who were unable to attend not to miss this opportunity ”, He added. All children under 5 must be vaccinated.

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What is polio?
Polio, also called polio or infantile paralysis, is an acute contagious disease caused by poliovirus, which can infect children and adults through direct contact with feces or secretions eliminated from the mouth of sick people. In severe cases, in which muscle paralysis occurs, the lower limbs are the most affected. Vaccination is the only form of prevention, therefore, all children under 5 must be vaccinated. In Brazil, the last case of wild poliovirus infection occurred in 1989, in the city of Souza / PB.

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What are the symptoms of polio?
The signs and symptoms of polio vary according to clinical forms, from the absence of symptoms to more severe neurological manifestations. Polio can cause paralysis and even death, but most infected people do not get sick and show no symptoms, letting the disease go unnoticed.

The most frequent symptoms are:
– Fever;
– Ill-being;
– Headache;
– Sore throat and body;
– Vomiting;
– Diarrhea;
– Constipation (constipation);
– Spasms;
– Stiff neck;
– Meningitis.

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