Santa Catarina decided to extend the Multivaccination and Polio Vaccination Campaigns for another two weeks. An additional opportunity for parents and guardians to take children and adolescents under 15 years to update the vaccination booklet. With the extension, the campaigns will run until November 13 in all 295 municipalities in Santa Catarina.
In the first three weeks of the Campaign, between October 5 and 23, 168,825 thousand children aged 1 to less than 5 years were vaccinated against polio, from a target audience of 342,825 children, that is, approximately half of the population. total number of children who should have been vaccinated.
The immunization manager of the Santa Catarina Epidemiological Surveillance Directorate (Dive), Lia Quaresma Coimbra, warns that low vaccination coverage is a risk for everyone. “The vaccine is still the safest and most effective way to prevent numerous diseases. Through the vaccine we have already been able to eliminate diseases such as polio, measles from the state and we do not want them to return, which is why it is important to keep the vaccination record updated ”, he emphasizes.
Brazil has not detected cases of poliomyelitis (infantile paralysis) since 1990 and in 1994 received from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) the Certification of free area for wild poliovirus circulation in its territory. In Santa Catarina, the last records of the disease were in 1989.
Multivaccination Campaign is for children and adolescents
The update of the vaccination booklet for children and adolescents under the age of 15 also continues until November 13th. In this case, there is no specific numerical goal. The main objective is to be able to rescue children and young people who, for some reason, failed to take the doses indicated in the Basic Vaccination Calendar and, consequently, increase vaccination coverage, decrease the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases and contribute to the control, elimination and / or eradication of these diseases.
Why is vaccination so important?
- Vaccines shield the body from diseases that threaten health;
- Vaccines help to reduce serious cases and deaths from diseases that could have been prevented;
- Vaccines stimulate the immune system to recognize viruses and bacteria as threats and to produce antibodies against them;
- Vaccines are safe and undergo several tests before they are made available to the population;
- Vaccines prevent outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics;
- Vaccines prevent diseases that have already been eradicated / eliminated from circulating again.
Vaccines offered during the campaign
The vaccines that are being offered during the Campaign are those that are part of the Basic Vaccination Calendar 2020 for Children and Adolescents.
- Yellow fever
- Triple Viral (measles, mumps and rubella)
- dT (diphtheria and tetanus)
- Meningococcal ACWY (ACWY meningococcal disease)
- Quadrivalent HPV (HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18)
- BCG (severe forms of tuberculosis)
- Hepatite B
- Pentavalent (tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, Haemophilus influenzae be hepatitis b)
- Rotavirus (rotavirus diarrhea)
- Pneumococcal 10 (invasive pneumococcal disease for the 10 serotypes)
- Meningococcal C (meningococcal C disease)
- Viral Tetra (measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox)
- DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough)
- Hepatitis A
- Chickenpox (chicken pox).