This Saturday (17/10) takes place the D-Day of the national campaign against polio and multivaccination. In the Capital Fluminense, all vaccines present in the calendars of children and adolescents will be offered, such as BCG, hepatitis B, penta and triple viral.
The campaign started on October 5 and runs until the 30th, but the adhesion of Rio families is still very low. The dose against polio, mandatory for children up to 5 years old, for example, only reached 5.5% of the target audience until last Tuesday (13).
The priority of this campaign is to vaccinate children against childhood paralysis, measles and meningitis. But adults also need to be immunized. Rio is experiencing an outbreak of measles, a serious illness that can lead to death.
In Rio, 237 postss – in family clinics and municipal health centers – will be open from 8 am to 5 pm. See the addresses of the stations in this link.
To increase the reach of the campaign, the Municipal Health Department is also offering the vaccine in partner pharmacies until October 30. And even after the campaign, vaccination will continue at municipal health posts.
All vaccines present in the child’s and adolescent’s calendars are part of the campaign. In the child’s calendar, which includes immunizing children up to 10 years of age, there are 14 vaccines in total. They are: BCG, Hepatitis B, Penta (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and polio), Inactivated polio, Oral polio, Rotavirus, Pneumo 10, Meningo C, Yellow Fever, Viral triple (measles, mumps and rubella), Tetra viral (measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox), DTP (triple bacterial), Hepatitis A and chickenpox.
In the adolescent’s calendar there are more vaccines, in addition to reinforcements of immunizations made in childhood. They are: Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Triple viral, Diphtheria and adult tetanus, DTPa, Meningococcal ACWY, quadrivalent HPV and Chickenpox.
In conjunction with vaccines for children and adolescents, measles immunization is also offered to everyone aged between 6 months and 59 years. The measure aims to avoid unnecessary exposure of the population to Covid-19, taking advantage of the visit of the person responsible for the children to the health unit to update their vaccination situation.
Day D no State
About 1,500 health units across the state will be open to update the vaccination booklet for children and adolescents. The campaign is a joint action between the State Health Secretariat (SES), the Ministry of Health and the Municipal Health Secretariats. In all, around 11 thousand professionals were mobilized in the 92 municipalities of the State of Rio.
The goal of the National Multivaccination Campaign is to increase BCG vaccine coverage to 90% and that of other immunizers to 95% by the end of the year.
Valter Almeida, Immunization manager of the SES Secretariat for Health Surveillance (SVS), emphasizes the importance of the vaccination campaign and D-Day on October 17, which falls on a Saturday.
“The weekend is when parents and guardians generally find it easier to go to health facilities, because they are not involved in their professional routines. Saturday, then, is when we make an even bigger call to the population ”.
Vaccines will be applied at the municipal health posts in the capital and inland.