This Saturday, 17th, the State of São Paulo will hold the ‘D-Day’ of the immunization campaign against polio and other diseases for children and adolescents from 0 to 14 years old. More than 3,800 service stations will be open from 8 am to 5 pm.
According to the State Department of Health, the initiative aims to increase vaccination coverage and update the vaccination card of the target audience, especially reinforcing protection against child paralysis (polio) in children under 5 years.
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Parents or guardians of children between 1 year and under 5 years old must take the little ones to receive the “droplet”. The goal is to achieve 95% immunization coverage for a total of 2.2 million children.
At the same time, the multivaccination campaign will focus on updating vaccine portfolios for children and adolescents up to 14 years of age. The purpose is for people in this age group to receive doses of important vaccines that may be pending, thus ensuring proper protection against viruses circulating in the territory.
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In total, 14 types of vaccines will be offered that protect against about 20 diseases: BCG (tuberculosis); rotavirus (diarrhea); oral and intramuscular polio (infantile paralysis); pentavalent (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenza type b – Hib); pneumococcal; meningococcal; DTP; triple viral (measles, mumps and rubella); HPV (prevents cervical cancer and genital warts); in addition to vaccines against yellow fever, chickenpox and hepatitis A.
Since the beginning of the campaign, 133,300 doses of the polio vaccine have been applied, accounting for only 6.1% coverage of the target audience.
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As for the other vaccines, 78,100 babies under 1 year old attended the clinics, with 70% needing to update their vaccination card (54,700). In the range of 5 to 14 years, 86.8 thousand sought vaccination services, with vaccine applied in 41.4 thousand (48% of the total).
These preliminary data indicate that at least half of the public that is going to the posts has some pending in the booklet, being essential that more children and adolescents have their vaccination status evaluated and updated, if necessary.
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