The Municipal Health Secretariat (SMS) held on Saturday morning (17) the D-day of the National Campaign for Multivaccination and Vaccination against Polio.
In addition to alluding to the National Vaccination Day, the action aims to update the vaccination booklet for children and adolescents and to reduce the risk of reintroducing wild poliovirus in the country. The Campaign continues until the end of the month in more than 100 vaccination posts scattered throughout the city.
Even with the D-day taking place this Saturday, to avoid crowding and the spread of the coronavirus, another D-day will also be held on the 31st of October. THE
Until then, parents and / or guardians can also take children and adolescents to update the vaccination booklet in Family Health Units (USF), from Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 11 am, and from 12 pm to 4 pm ; in the Municipal Polyclinics, from Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 5 pm; and at the Municipal Immunizations Center (CMI), also from Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm.
The target audience established by the Ministry of Health for multivaccination is children and adolescents under 15 years of age. The campaign against polio is aimed at children under five years old, with different strategies for children under one year old and for those in the age group of one to four years old.
One of the children vaccinated on that D-day was little Lara, three years old. “I always worry about keeping Lara’s vaccines up to date and even though I know the vaccination card was up to date, I still brought her to the Unit to check, after all, vaccination is careful and care is never too much”, comments Anelise Rosier, mother from Lara.
National Vaccination Day – “Vaccines aim to safely simulate an infectious disease, without causing the disease or serious side effects. From the moment the doses are applied, the vaccine triggers a series of immunological reactions, which lead to a state of protection (protective immunity) against the disease for which the vaccine was developed ”, explains the Head of the Immunization Section, Fernando Virgolino.
For most vaccines currently available, protective immunity is attributed to the production of antibodies that recognize the pathogen, the disease-causing agent and prevent it from multiplying and causing disease in the individual already immunized. Thus, when our organism is attacked by a virus or bacteria, our immune system, which acts in defense, triggers a chain reaction with the objective of stopping the action of these foreign agents.
“Vaccines are extremely important as yet another form of disease prevention for the population, so people should be aware of the importance of vaccination to maintain the blockade of diseases within our territory, preventing access to diseases and their complications” , comments Fernando Virgolino.